Column: Mohegan soldier used tribal knowledge on battlefield

"A war hero seemed to be far ahead of his time when he offered insects for his fellow downed crew members to eat.

Harold Albert Tantaquidgeon was born on June 18, 1904, in Uncasville. His formal education ceased at eighth grade. However, at home, he received a lifetime education by the elders of the Mohegan Tribe.

Tantaquidgeon served in three branches of the military: the U.S. Coast Guard, prior to World War II, The U.S. Air Corps during World War II and the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In World War II, Tantaquidgeon was a tailgunner in the 418th fighter squadron."

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Richard Curland: Historically Speaking: Uncasville war hero used tribal training to help crew survive (The Norwich Bulletin 8/5)

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