La Vere recounts services rendered by the state's Native American population during World War II. On the Qualla Boundary reservation, every eligible young Cherokee man registered for the draft, and 321 eventually served in the military. Smaller tribes, like the Lumbees, also sent large numbers to the war. A number were killed or wounded, and medals including the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Silver Star, were awarded. Native American women also served as nurses at home and near the war front, and one served as a WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots.