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WW II code talker expert to visit Oklahoma

On January 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. William C. Meadows, author of The Comanche Code Talkers of World War II will be give a free presentation at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The presentation will take place in the Webb Tower Auditorium followed be a book signing.

Guests attending Dr. Meadows' presentation will also get to a see the exhibit "Native Words, Native Warriors," which is on temporary loan from the Smithsonian Institution and on display at NSU's John Vaughan Library, on the second floor.

Dr. Meadows is an expert on the topic of  World War II Code Talkers.

He is the author of two books and his work has been published in numerous academic journals on the same subject.

In 2004, Dr. Meadows testified before Congress regarding Native American Code Talkers and in 2005 he spoke at the Library of Congress.

In his book, Dr. Meadows interviewed all surviving members of the Comanche Code Talkers, their original training officer and fellow officers.

He also reviewed military records and news accounts during that time.

His book tells the full story of the Comanche Code Talkers for the first time. 

His book follows the group from their recruitment, training, active duty in World War II on through their postwar lives up to 2003.

Dr. Meadows currents works in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Missouri State University.

The "Native Words, Native Warriors" exhibit runs from January 25, 2014 - April 7, 2014. 

The exhibit is devoted to World War I and World War II Native American code talkers and veterans from over a dozen different tribes.

For more information, visit www.nsuok.edu/nativewordsnativewarriors.

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