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StoryCorps: Native American veteran discovers her grandfather was a code talker in WWI

Sherry Echohawk Taluc (L) and Molly Tovar (R)

In honor of Veterans Day, StoryCorps St. Louis brings you a conversation with friends Sherry Echohawk Taluc and Molly Tovar. Taluc is Native American. She joined the Army in 1971. Many members of her family also served the United States, including her grandfather, who was an American Indian “code talker,” soldiers who used their native language to communicate encrypted information. Tovar spoke with Taluc about her Army experience along with her family’s service heritage.

St. Louis on the Air will be participating in StoryCorps’ Great Thanksgiving Listen. High school students are invited to interview a grandparent or other significant elder over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. You can download, record, and submit directly via the StoryCorps app (iOS/Android). If you record an interview, email talk@stlpublicradio.org and let us know your name and who you interviewed. 

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