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Interesting book - Code talker

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:58 am
by Lightening Bug
Just read Code talker by Chester Nez. He and his co-author did a good job of writing about family life on the Navaho reservation, schools he went to, learning English, and joining the Marines. He was one of 29 Navaho's selected to develop a code based on the Navaho language and then sent to the S. Pacific where he and other Navahos were code talkers. His description about the conditions the soldiers endured on the islands during WW11 is one of the best I've read. I admit I haven't read much about WW1 in the S. Pacific. He then describes life after the war. When the code talkers war activities were finally declassified in '68 things changed. He finally was able to tell his Dad and the family what he had done during the war. He traveled the country telling his story and received the Congressional Medal of Honor from G. Bush. His Father and others were proud of his work and how the Navaho language played a defining role. I have to admit I cried happy tears when the Navaho held a large ceremony honoring him.

he first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII-includes the actual Navajo Code and rare photos. Although more than 400 Navajos served in the military during World War II as top-secret code talkers, even those fighting shoulder to shoulder with them were not told of their covert function. And, after the war, the Navajos were forbidden to speak of their service until 1968, when the code was finally declassified. Of the original twenty- nine Navajo code talkers, only two are still alive. Chester Nez is one of them.

If it wasn't for the library I wouldn't have known about the book.

Take care. :D