When America joined the Allies in World War II in 1941, a generation of Native American people from California joined the fight. They served despite the fact that many were not born as citizens of the United States. Native Americans were not granted U.S. citizenship until 1924. Although their stories are rarely told, they are part of "The Greatest Generation.”
In 2007, KEET-TV producer Sam Greene partnered with Native American educator and author of the book Original Patriots: Northern California Indian Veterans of World War II, Chag Lowry (Yurok/Maidu/Pit River), to create a one-hour documentary on North Coast Native American veterans of World War II entitled ORIGINAL PATRIOTS: Northern California Indian Veterans of WWII.
In this program, Lee Hover, (Karuk Tribe), Frank Richards, (Tolowa/Smith River Rancheria), and Wally Scott (Yurok Tribe) recount their experiences at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and D-Day, and share their views on the costs of war.