Navajo Code Talker: Hearing the stories of WW2 soldiers that coded to help end the war

At the Navajo Code Talker Website (see here), at the banner are the words: “Haring the stories of soldiers that ended the war.” There are not many Navajo Code Talker, who participated in WW2, Pacific Theater left.but Code Talker, continues with the new generations of this Native American, indigenous tribe. Code Talking, in fact, has a deep root with many Native Americans, i.e. in the using of “Smoke Signals.” Overall, however, globally, the languages of indigenous people, including such language as code talking, is under threat.
The Navajo or Navaho (NavajoDiné or Naabeehó) of the Southwestern United States are the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States with 300,048 enrolled tribal members (as of 2011).[1][2] The Navajo Nation constitutes an independent governmental body, which manages the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area of the United States. The Navajo language is spoken throughout the region with most Navajo speaking English as well. As of 2011, the states with the largest Navajo populations are Arizona (140,263), and New Mexico (108,306). Over three-quarters of the Navajo population reside in these two states.[3]

The following is from the wikipedia (source) on Code Talker:

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 soldiers 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 Cherokee and ChoctawIndians during World War I.

Other Native American code talkers were deployed by the United States Army during World War II, including Lakota,[1] Meskwaki, andComanche soldiers. Soldiers of Basque ancestry were also used for code talking by the U.S. Marines during World War II in areas where other Basque speakers were not expected to be operating.

http://navajocodetalkers.org/ Sharing the stories of soldiers that ended the war

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