Navajo U.S. Marine Corps code-talker recruits being sworn in at Fort Wingate
Code talkers are people in the 20th century who used obscure languages as a means of secret communication during wartime. The term is now usually associated with the United States service members during the world wars who used their knowledge of Native American languages as a basis to transmit coded messages. In particular, there were approximately 400–500 Native Americans in the United States Marine Corps whose primary job was the transmission of secret tactical messages. Code talkers transmitted these messages over military telephone or radio communications nets using formal or informally developed codes built upon their native languages. Their service improved the speed of encryption of communications at both ends in front line operations during World War II.
The name code talkers is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. Code talking, however, was pioneered by the Cherokee and Choctaw peoples during World War I. Wikipedia
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Articles and Clippings about Navajo Code Talkers
Navajo Code Talkers and stories of other Native American contributions to WWII Sat, Aug 16, 1947 – Page 5 · Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, Arizona) · Newspapers.comLocal Navajo served as Code Talkers during World War II Sun, Aug 5, 1962 – Page 16 · The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California) · Newspapers.comNavajo Code Talkers: Stories of Valor and Patriotism Wed, Aug 11, 1976 – Page 29 · The Gallup Independent (Gallup, New Mexico) · Newspapers.comNavajo Code Talkers march in inaugural parade Fri, Jan 20, 1989 – Page 5 · Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona) · Newspapers.comNavajo Code Talkers are the inspiration for movies, toys Fri, Mar 17, 2000 – Page 30 · Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) · Newspapers.comWWII's Navajo Code Talkers receive medals Fri, Jul 27, 2001 – 3 · Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) · Newspapers.comNavajo Code Talkers will speak to local residents in Wisconsin Thu, Apr 25, 2002 – 3 · Fond Du Lac Commonwealth Reporter (Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin) · Newspapers.com"Windtalkers" movie a story of Navajo Code Talkers Fri, Jun 14, 2002 – 172 · The Times (Munster, Indiana) · Newspapers.com"Fact Sheet: World War II Navajo Code Talkers" Fri, Nov 11, 2005 – 55 · Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, Florida) · Newspapers.comInterview with Navajo Code Talker Dr. Samuel Billison Fri, Nov 11, 2005 – 55 · Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, Florida) · Newspapers.com