World War II "Windtalker" - Dan Akee an actual Navajo Code Talker of the Diné Nation. He served with the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division from 1943-1945 as a Navajo Code Talker.  Sergeant Major Dan Akee also served at Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinan, Marshall Islands.

World War II "Windtalker" - Dan Akee an actual Navajo Code Talker of the Diné Nation. He served with the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division from 1943-1945 as a Navajo Code Talker. Sergeant Major Dan Akee also served at Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinan, Marshall Islands.

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.

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

John Sells (1915 - 2007) was a Navajo Code Talker during WWII. Nearly 60 years passed between the time John Sells, of Shiprock, served as a Navajo Code Talker and the day he told his family he was one of the select group.

John Sells (1915 - 2007) was a Navajo Code Talker during WWII. Nearly 60 years passed between the time John Sells, of Shiprock, served as a Navajo Code Talker and the day he told his family he was one of the select group.

Another member of American Indian and United States history is gone.    On June 23, the Navajo Nation and Indian country received the news that Frank Chee Willeto, 87, former Navajo Nation vice president and Navajo Code Talker walked on at his home in Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico.    He also sat on many boards and was a Navajo Nation Supreme Court Justice. Willeto received the Congressional Silver Medal in 2001 for his service as a Navajo Code Talker.      by Rezboyz Photography, via Flickr

Another member of American Indian and United States history is gone. On June 23, the Navajo Nation and Indian country received the news that Frank Chee Willeto, 87, former Navajo Nation vice president and Navajo Code Talker walked on at his home in Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico. He also sat on many boards and was a Navajo Nation Supreme Court Justice. Willeto received the Congressional Silver Medal in 2001 for his service as a Navajo Code Talker. by Rezboyz Photography, via Flickr

Charles Joyce Chibitty (November 20, 1921 – July 20, 2005) was a Comanche Numunu code talker, who spoke in his native language to relay messages for the United States Army during the European Theatre of World War II.

Charles Joyce Chibitty (November 20, 1921 – July 20, 2005) was a Comanche Numunu code talker, who spoke in his native language to relay messages for the United States Army during the European Theatre of World War II.

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