Lyndonville hosts author of book on Sioux code talkers of World War II

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 May 2024 at 8:35 am

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LYNDONVILLE – Andrea Page, an author and educator from Rochester, visited the Lyndonville community on Tuesday for presentations and discussions about a book she wrote featuring seven Sioux code talkers of World War II.

Many patrons at Yates Community Library read “Sioux Code Talkers of World War II” in the past two months. Page discussed the book at the library with about 40 people on Tuesday evening.

Earlier in the day she gave a presentation at Lyndonville Central School, where every eighth-grader received a copy of the book paid for by the Elisabeth Dye Curtis Foundation.

Page researched seven Sioux soldiers, whose native language ensured secrecy of the strategic messages from the U.S. military as they served in the Pacific Theater under General MacArthur. Page is the grand-niece of the one of the seven Sioux code talkers, John Bear King.

She shared about the Sioux code talkers’ most heroic actions, including their assist in the rescue of nearly 4,000 American POWs held in a college complex in Manila, the Philippines.

Andrea Page speaks to 40 attendees during a book discussion at the Yates Community Free Library. About 50 people checked out the book during “Lyndonville Reads,” a community reading effort.