Outstanding Native Women

Cpl. Ernestine ("Ernie") Murphy (1921-2019)


Last updated 8/20/2019 at 4:06pm

K.B. Schaller

WWII U.S. Marine Corp veteran who worked in secret and confidential files, Washington DC

Nearly 800 Native American women served in the U.S. military during WWII. For several reasons their contributions-as were those of all women who served in the armed forces during that era-were largely unrecognized.

Perhaps the chief reason for such oversight in the WWII era is that, regardless of race or ethnicity, women as a gender were largely restricted regarding the capacities in which they were allowed to serve.

Among these unsung WWII heroines is Ernestine ("Ernie") Murphy. A full blood Stockb...

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