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Navajo Code Talkers: The Uncrackable Language
Chester Nez was among the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers who created a double-encrypted language used for communication between U.S. Marines during World War II. The dedicated service of the Code Talkers contributed substantially to the U.S. victory in World War II. (Photo courtesy of Chester Nez)
By Cpl Chelsea Flowers Anderson
Nov. 22, 2013
Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez was born “among the oak trees” in Chichiltah, N.M. He spent his childhood herding sheep for his grandmother before leaving the close-knit community to attend a boarding high school in Tuba City, Ariz. It was there that Nez learned about a secret Marine Corps mission that would take him far away from his people and into the battlefields of World War II.
In the early months of World War II, Japanese intelligence personnel broke every code the U.S. military produced. They were able to anticipate U.S. attacks, which cost countless American lives. The U.S. forces needed a better way to communicate — and fast.
The Navajo language, which was spoken almost exclusively by natives, had no written alphabet. This provided a possible solution to America’s dilemma. A Marine recruiter showed up at Nez’s boarding school and he and 28 other Navajos became the first Code Talkers... To continue reading, click here.