Navajo Code Talker singing Marine Corps Hymn

Today the U.S. Marine Corps turns 237. Founded in 1775, the Corps existed before the United States of America.

At a recent ceremony at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Navajo Code Talker Joe Kellwood sang the Marine Corps Hymn in Navajo.

For all the Native Americans who have served and do serve in the Corps, especially the heroic Navajo Code Talkers, this is a beautiful performance.

Kellwood saw action in the Pacific during World War II in the battles of Cape Gloucester, Peleliu and Okinawa. Today we honor veterans like Code Talker Joe Kellwood and the U.S. Marine Corps. Semper Fi! (Source)

About Code talker

 Code talkers were United States soldiers during the world wars who used their knowledge of Native-American languages as a basis to transmit coded messages. In particular there were approximately 400-500 Native Americans in the United States Marine Corps whose primary job was the transmission of secret tactical messages.

Code talkers transmitted these messages over military telephone or radio communications nets using formal or informally developed codes built upon their native languages. Their service improved communications in terms of speed of encryption at both ends in front line operations during World War II.

The name code talkers is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. Code talking, however, was pioneered by Choctaw Indians serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. These soldiers are referred to as Choctaw code talkers.

VIDEO Marine Corps Hymn sung in Navajo

Responses to "VIDEO: Code Talker Joe Kellwood Sings the Marine Corps Hymn in Navajo"

  1. Francisco says:

    Thank you, Sir......Semper Fi.

  2. DrSES says:

    Thank YOU SIR... Semper Fi. We are free because of the CODE TALKERS and those who served may the Creator protect you always, my deepest respect.

  3. Hilary Shadroui says:

    Wonderful, thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Semper Fi my brother, I served with 2/2 and MCT from 1987-1993

  5. Becky Bratten says:

    My Dad was 3rd Btn USMC Raider in WWII.... thank you! You served as very very few others ever did. I salute you and thank you!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your service! xoxo

  7. wolfgar says:

    Our Country is truly indebted to you and your fellow Code Talkers. May our Creator Bless you and our Great Land.

  8. Anonymous says:

    amazing, thank for your service to our country and my the creator bless you and your family.

  9. kelly Two Wolves says:

    With gratitude thank you for your service, many blessings to you and yours !

  10. Anonymous says:

    To the Code Talkers: Thank you for your service for our country. My Dad, who also served during WWII, talked about your contribution.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Thank You Sir for Your service and for educating me about Code Talkers! God Bless You and Yours!

  13. Absolutely beautiful. Gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. I wish our government would honor all of our Native Americans they way that they should, especially for the service that they provided for this country.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your service and your wisdom.

  15. Semper Fi Brother. You are a Mans Man

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you....I appreciate your service so much!

  17. Jay says:

    Semper Fi brother wado nigada

  18. moon star says:

    thank you for saving our country in ww2, as no one else could. it was a treat to see you sing the marine hymn.

  19. ursula gomez-vasquez says:

    Thank-you for my freedom,I salute you!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your devoted service to the USA and to the Navaho Nation. You do both proud.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your sevice to this do us proud and the NDN nation proud!!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Ahehee' Ya'at'eeh shicheii. Am very proud to see you get much deserved honors.
    Proud to have you from the Dine' and US. You one of the reasons we are still a free nation today.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Joe. I am so proud to call you my friend and neighbor. You have blessed my life with your kindness. You are my hero.

  25. semper fi hno.

  26. Unknown says:

    Thank you our Native American Brothers, Semper Fi.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your service Sir!

  28. Anonymous says:

    respect from great britain

  29. Unknown says:

    Semper Fidelius Sir, thank you from a grateful heart and a grateful nation

  30. Unknown says:

    Semper Fi Thank you for your service in the greatest outfit in the world

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