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    Decoding history: A World War II Navajo Code Talker in his own words

    Alot of people many not know the role that the American Indians played in WW2 creating code that saved many a GIs life....Navajo language is almost impossible for a non Navajo to learn...thats why it was so valuable as Military code.



    Chester Nez was barely out of his teens when he joined the Marines in a role that would help the United States and its allies win World War II, a role that stayed secret for decades.
    Nez was one of 29 members of the Navajo tribe that developed a military communications code based on the Navajo language. It was that same language that Nez and his friends were forbidden to speak when they were students at government-run boarding schools for Native American children.
    Military authorities chose Navajo as a code language because it was almost impossible for a non-Navajo to learn and had no written form. It was the only code the Japanese never managed to crack. The code talkers themselves were forbidden from telling anyone about it - not their fellow Marines, not their families - until it was declassified in 1968.


    A Navajo Code Talker in his own words - In America - CNN.com Blogs

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    Re: Decoding history: A World War II Navajo Code Talker in his own words

    I saw the movie several years ago on this subject. Pretty cool stuff.

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