Saturday, 7 June 2014

The Navajo Code-talkers of WW2

This is a fascinating article on the death of the last original Navajo Code Talker of WW2. Chester Nez died (or to use the Navajo phrase 'walked on') this week at the age of 93. During the War, 29 Navajo men developed a code in their own language that Japanese forces could not break, which helped the US Army win the War in the Pacific. The mission was so secret the Code Talkers could not talk about their role until 23 years after 1945.

It's fascinating to consider this aspect of American history, considering that Chester was banned from speaking his native language at his boarding school. He released a memoir a couple of years ago - the only Code Talker to do so - and it's now sitting in my Amazon basket….


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