Navajo Code Talkers Day
Navajo Code Talkers: People from around the world are intrigued and mystified when they hear the Navajo language – so, too, were the enemy during World War II. Unknown to many, the Navajo language was used to create a secret code to battle the Japanese. Navajo men were selected to create codes and serve on the front line to overcome and deceive those on the other side of the battlefield. Today, these men are recognized as the famous Navajo Code Talkers, who exemplify the unequaled bravery and patriotism of the Navajo people. The Navajo Nation
Thirty volunteers from agency schools at Fort Wingate and Shiprock, New Mexico, and Fort Defiance, Arizona were chosen. These men, some as young as 15 years old, created the only known unbreakable code in modern military history
The Navajo language includes a number of words that, when spoken with varying inflections, may have as many as four totally different meanings. Navajo verb forms are especially complex. To most listeners, the language is virtually incomprehensible and has been likened to the rumble of a moving freight train. It was a hidden language, not yet being an alphabet or written form that others could study.
In December 1971, President Richard M. Nixon presented the Navajo code talkers with a certificate of appreciation from the nation, thanking them for their 'patriotism, resourcefulness, and courage.' Those brave veterans had given the Marine Corps its only unbreakable means of battlefield communication, saving thousands of American lives in the process. The HistoryNet.com
The National Code Talkers Day is August 14th. Download a photograph of the Navajo Code Talker Monument at Window Rock, Arizona with a Navajo Code Talker title that you may use for National Code Talkers Day.
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