War Heroes Remembered With National ‘Navajo Code Talker’s Day’ [VIDEO]
At the beginning of World War II, Philip Johnston, a civil engineer, suggested using the Navajo language as a means of suiting the military's requirement for an undecipherable code. The rest is history. Today, August 14, take a moment to remember these amazing heroes on what has been designated national "Navajo Code Talker's Day."
Philip Johnston, a World War I vet, was raised on the Navajo reservations. He was one of the few non-Navajos capable of speaking the language fluently.
The Navajo Code Talkers displayed tremendous speed and accuracy throughout their military service. Six Navajo Code Talkers were present at the Battle of Iwo Jima, sending and receiving over 800 messages. Major Howard Conner, 5th Marine Division signal officer, stated, "Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima."
To this day, the Navajo code remains the only remaining spoken military code to have never been deciphered.