• The Battle of Iwo Jima and the unbreakable Navajo Code

    The Code Talkers used native languages to send military messages before World War II. Navajo, which was unwritten and known by few outside the tribe, seemed to fit the Corps’ requirements. They took their language and developed a “Type One Code” that assigned a Navajo word to each English letter. In addition to being unbreakable, the new code also reduced the amount of time it took to transmit and receive secret messages.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran Jack Jones

    On National Navajo Code Talkers Day, today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Veteran Jack Jones, who served as a Code Talker during World War II.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran William Tully Brown

    He was a hero among many in the Navajo Nation who utilized his special skills, unique talents and native language to help win the war against the Japanese during World War II.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran George Smith

    George Smith, a Navajo, enlisted with the Marine Corps at 18. After hearing the Marines were looking for Navajo speakers for a special program

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran Samuel Tom Holiday

    Samuel Tom Holiday went on to join the group of Navajo Code Talkers who used a communication code enemies could not decipher.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Veteran Roy Hawthorne, Sr.

    Roy Hawthorne enlisted in the Marines when he was 17. He served as a Navajo Code Talker with 1st Marine Division in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran Thomas Claw

    Thomas Claw enlisted in the Marines at the age of 21. He completed basic training in San Diego, and was assigned the secret position of Navajo Code Talker.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran David Patterson

    David Patterson Sr. served in the Marine Corps during World War II as a Navajo code talker and played a crucial role in the battle of Iwo Jima.

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