Navajo Code Talkers Day

This is fascinating history, for those who have never heard of the Navajo Code-Talkers.

Pacific Paratrooper


During WWI, the Choctaw language had been used to transmit U.S. military messages. With this thought in mind, Philip Johnston, the son of a missionary grew up on a Navajo reservation and spoke the Diné tongue fluently, brought the suggestion of a similar code to General Clayton Vogel early in 1942. The Diné language has no alphabet, uses no symbols and one sound may hold an entire concept. The idea was tested and proved to be faster and more reliable than the mechanized methods. The language has more verbs than nouns, that helps to move the sentences along and makes it far more difficult for outsiders to learn – making it the most ingenious and successful code in military history.

platoon The 382nd Platoon, USMC

The original class, the 382d Platoon, Navajo Communication Specialists, USMC, developed their code at Camp Pendleton. Once a unit of code talkers were trained, they were…

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. GP Cox
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 10:36:35

    Thank you for helping me to bring recognition to everyone for these gallant men.

    • sepultura13
      Aug 15, 2016 @ 12:55:25

      You’re welcome – and thank you for posting about Navajo Code Talkers Day…it’s another day of recognition and tribute that I wasn’t aware of. Any one of those men could be a distant, but unknown, relative of mine!
      Blackfoot, Choctaw, and Creek are my Native American heritage, so honouring all family who served is important.

      • GP Cox
        Aug 16, 2016 @ 03:16:57

        Have you ever researched your family tree?

      • sepultura13
        Aug 17, 2016 @ 12:09:12

        Of course. However, due to the violence and racism enacted upon many of my family members, some records were lost in church burnings, home burnings, lynchings, etc.
        Also, some distant relatives aren’t keen on learning that their family trees aren’t as lily-white as they’d like to believe. So there are many obstacles in the way, but I’ve overcome a lot of them – at least, the ones on paper.

        The human obstacles are another story.

      • GP Cox
        Aug 17, 2016 @ 12:33:14

        I had a feeling you might be running into trouble. That really is a shame!!

      • sepultura13
        Aug 17, 2016 @ 12:36:21

        That’s what the history of this country is, unfortunately…but, it is what it is.

      • GP Cox
        Aug 17, 2016 @ 12:38:09

        Very true.

  2. leggypeggy
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 15:49:46

    I’ve always loved this slice of history.

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