Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Code Talker

Part of the Native American festival in Maryville included a very special speaker. The gentleman in the chair is one of the Navajo Code Talkers from World War II. The Code Talkers served in the Marines and sent vital data to American troops in the Navajo language. Very few people outside of the Navajo Nation understood this complex language, so it became an unbreakable code. The Code Talkers helped America win the war in the Pacific, including the battle of Iwo Jima. Out of 400 Code Talkers, only about 40 are still living today. It was inspiring to hear this old warrior tell his story.

4 comments:

Abe Lincoln said...

I bet it was inspiring to hear. I hope somebody recorded it. Nice photo.

Jacob said...

Great capture...the Code Talkers were vital to the war in the Pacific! Nicholas Cage starred in a movie about them a couple of years ago.

D said...

Wow! What a great experience to get to meet a code talker. History personified.

Babooshka said...

I'm thinking X Files, that's where I heard about these guys first. As you can see I have been neglecting blog duties and playing catch up.