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Known as NAVAJO CODE TALKERS, they were young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of WWII. At a time when America's best cryptographers were falling short, these modest sheepherders and farmers were able to fashion the most ingenious and successful code in military history.
They drew upon their proud warrior tradition to brave the dense jungles of Guadalcanal and the exposed beachheads of Iwo Jima. Serving with distinction in every major engagement of the Pacific theater from 1942-1945, their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war's end.
The below video - narrated by Tom Rutherford - provides an overview of the history of the Navajo Code Talkers and the work of the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation to create a museum to honor their legacy and educate future generations.
Also scroll down to see a complete list of Code Talkers compiled by the Navajo Nation.
Learn more about these incredible Marines at www.navajocodetalkers.org.
Today (August 14) is Navajo Code Talkers' Day. Last month Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer officially designated August 14 as a day to honor these warriors. Aug. 14 is also the anniversary of Japan's unconditional surrender and the end of WWII. The date has been a national commemoration of Code Talkers since 1982, when President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation honoring them.
Learn more about these amazing men above and in another post about Chester Nez, the last of the original Code Talkers who recently passed.
Navajo Code Talker Roy Hawthorne, passed away Saturday 21-Apr-2018 at 92 years old. Hawthorne was one of the last surviving Code Talkers from WWII. He enlisted in the Marine Corps when he was 17 years old and became part of a legendary group of Native Americans who encoded messages in the Navajo language to protect them from the Japanese. Semper Fi, Sir. Source: USMC