Navajo Code Talkers

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August 14 is National Navajo Code Talkers Day. Today commemorate the contributions of Native American code talkers who served in the U.S. military during World Wars I and II. Code talkers utilized a secret, coded language, based on the languages of the Comanche, Hopi, Meskwaki and Navajo peoples to communicate important information over military telephones and radios.

During World War II, the U.S. Marines enlisted 29 Navajo men who participated in every major Marine operation. Code talkers worked in pairs communicating by radio and telephone. Code talkers had to memorize all the words and translations they used.

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