Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Navajo Women May Have Been the First Enlisted in the Military


A historian discovered the women’s names in the records for the late 1800s:

While compiling a lengthy list of Sandoval County veterans — from the Civil War through Vietnam — retired Army colonel and amateur historian David C’de Baca made an intriguing find: Two Navajo women who served as scouts with the Army’s 20th Infantry Regiment in the summer of 1886 could be the first women to have officially been enlisted in the U.S. Army.

The rest of it is in the Army Times.  I thought it was pretty cool that it wound up in this publication.  There are four sold on every military base–one for each service, so this is going out to the military.

1 Comment

  1. How cool is that, not only women but minority women. Thanks for telling us about this, Linda. 😊

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