There were 400 Native American Marine Code Talkers in World War II from the Navajo, Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota, Meskwaki and Comanche tribes.

There were 400 Native American Marine Code Talkers in World War II from the Navajo, Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota, Meskwaki and Comanche tribes.

PASSING OF A CODE BREAKER    George Smith, a member of the famed Navajo Code Talkers, who used their rare and ancient language to outwit the Japanese during World War II, has died.    He died on Oct. 30 at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico, said Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly. Smith was 90.    Photo: Navajo Code Talker George Smith (Paul Natonabah/Navajo Times)

Member of secret WWII Navajo Code Talker Marine unit dies at 90

PASSING OF A CODE BREAKER George Smith, a member of the famed Navajo Code Talkers, who used their rare and ancient language to outwit the Japanese during World War II, has died. He died on Oct. 30 at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico, said Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly. Smith was 90. Photo: Navajo Code Talker George Smith (Paul Natonabah/Navajo Times)

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Navajo Code Talkers in WWII. Pinned by indus® in honor of the indigenous people of North America who have influenced our indigenous medicine and spirituality by virtue of their being a member of a tribe from the Western Region through the Plains including the beginning of time until tomorrow.

Navajo Code Talkers in WWII

Navajo Code Talkers in WWII. Pinned by indus® in honor of the indigenous people of North America who have influenced our indigenous medicine and spirituality by virtue of their being a member of a tribe from the Western Region through the Plains including the beginning of time until tomorrow.

Isn't this ironic- forbidden to speak native languages and then, one day that is critical in the war to save this nation

Isn't this ironic- forbidden to speak native languages and then, one day that is critical in the war to save this nation

Navajo Code Talkers - HEROES of WWII. These amazing, intelligent,  BRAVE warriors helped turn the tide of the war and were on missions with the Marines in the Pacific. Their code remained unbroken. Our hackable technology today could never live up to that standard. They did a great service for this country (their country truly) and the world. And they protected us with the very language they were forbidden to use and beaten for during the EVIL boarding school times! These warriors did what…

Navajo Code Talkers - HEROES of WWII. These amazing, intelligent, BRAVE warriors helped turn the tide of the war and were on missions with the Marines in the Pacific. Their code remained unbroken. Our hackable technology today could never live up to that standard. They did a great service for this country (their country truly) and the world. And they protected us with the very language they were forbidden to use and beaten for during the EVIL boarding school times! These warriors did what…

Navajo Code Talker Wilfred Billey joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 as part of the second wave of Navajo code talkers. He died on December 12, 2013 at the age of 90. He was responsible for the Navajo inscription on the group's 2001 Congressional Gold Medal.

Navajo Code Talker Wilfred Billey joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 as part of the second wave of Navajo code talkers. He died on December 12, 2013 at the age of 90. He was responsible for the Navajo inscription on the group's 2001 Congressional Gold Medal.

Roy Hawthorne, former USMC Navajo Code Talker. Roy walked the 2-mile parade route. Two Navajo Marines are helping him with the last half mile.

Roy Hawthorne, former USMC Navajo Code Talker. Roy walked the 2-mile parade route. Two Navajo Marines are helping him with the last half mile.

Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions, and Marine parachute units. Other Native American code talkers were also deployed including Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota Meskwaki, and Comanche soldiers. Soldiers of Basque ancestry were also used for code talking by U.S. Marines in areas where other Basque speakers were not expected to be operating.

Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions, and Marine parachute units. Other Native American code talkers were also deployed including Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota Meskwaki, and Comanche soldiers. Soldiers of Basque ancestry were also used for code talking by U.S. Marines in areas where other Basque speakers were not expected to be operating.

Native American Code talkers........  The irony is that most of these Native warriors learned English in government-sponsored Indian schools, designed to rid them of the very languages that eventually saved so many American lives.

Native American Code talkers........ The irony is that most of these Native warriors learned English in government-sponsored Indian schools, designed to rid them of the very languages that eventually saved so many American lives.

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