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Their research took them to many archives, museums, libraries, authors, and persons who knew these WWII heroes. Nancy recently traveled to military museums and monuments within the United States and abroad such as those in Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Tinian, Saipan, and Guam-the Mariana islands where the Navajo Code Talkers' assistance was crucial to victory. She attended the Window Rock, AZ, ceremony where hundreds of the Navajo Code Talkers were honored with the silver Congressional medal for their unique contributions to end WWII.

She has visited many sites where the WWII internment or camps for Japanese immigrants and American civilians were held. In April 2012, she co-chaired a two-day Symposium on New Mexico internment at the Historical Museum of New Mexico/Palace of the Governors where the public learned about the life in the Santa Fe Detention and Internment Camp and the Lordsburg Camp, and how the men of Japanese ancestry were treated. One of the ironies of internment was Japanese American sons fighting in Europe and the Pacific on behalf of America--their native land--while their fathers were incarcerated based on their professions and “alien” status, not actions against America.

Likewise, Nancy was a guest speaker at the commemoration of the Bataan Death March surrender at an April 9 ceremony in Santa Fe sponsored by the NM National Guard, and at a special program held in Alamogordo with survivors of the March and Navajo Code Talkers the week end of an annual White Sands Memorial March.

Nancy is a member of the NM Museum Foundation, the Historical Society of New Mexico, the Los Alamos Historical Society, the International Women's Forum of NM, as well as organizations for authors and publishers. ❇