August 15, 2013

The Japanese just couldn't crack it. It’s been 68 years since the Navajo Code Talkers landed on the beach of Iwo Jima, Japan, and successfully delivered more than 800 encrypted messages without error.

In 1982, 40 years after that famed campaign, in honor of their bravery, skill and service, then-President Ronald Reagan declared August 14 as National Navajo Code Talkers Day.

The Navajo Code Talkers are lauded for hastening a swift end to World War II by providing the U.S. with a dictionary of Navajo words that were transmitted by radio and telephones. The code carried sensitive information about troop movements and other imperative field operations.

Following Iwo Jima, Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer, stated “were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima.”

On Sept. 17, 1992, 35 Navajo Code Talker U.S. Marine Corps veterans were honored at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. for their service to their country. That same day an exhibit was dedicated to their prowess.

The exhibit includes radios, photographs and an explanation of how the code worked.


In 2000, then-President Bill Clinton awarded the original 29 World War II code talkers with the Congressional Gold Medal. Five were still alive at the time, but only four could make it to Washington in 2001 where then-President George W. Bush personally presented them with their medals.

The Navajo Code Talkers’ operation was finally declassified by the U.S. in 1968, opening up the opportunity to honor the Marines who drew up and employed the uncrackable code.(SOURCE)

For more information, go to Navajocodetalkers.org.

VIDEO National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Responses to " Honor the Native Warriors: Today is National Navajo Code Talkers Day (Video)"

  1. if it had not for the code talkers, we would not have won the war in the pacific.........40 years to recognize them?........another 8 years to have them decorated, when only 4 were still alive? if they had been white, they would have had a ticker tape parade, sent to Washington, been decorated, and talked up in the press forever. as it was, none of us grew knowing the great risk, and the great patriotism of these native people. I don't know if I would have wanted to save a country that looked down on my and took my land the Japanese looked for these radiomen, they knew if they killed them, the transmission, and the code would be broken. thank you, Navaho code talkers! I salute you!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hei, ya Hei, Shu'zu

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you to all the Navajo that served and risked their life for a country that did what they did to the Native American People... I am so sorry for everything that was done to your people and all of the other Native Amercian People.. A great debt will always be to the Grest Native Warriors, The Navajo Code Talkers.... God bless all of you...

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank You.

  5. True Hero's, each and everyone of themSemper Fi.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The few, the brave, the proud. All knew what lay before them, and the secrecy their mission was surrounded by, and yet they still went, and they kept their word beyond all other things. They knew they were never to be taken alive. What they faced was beyond heroic. On behalf of all people we thank these men, and their families. One hopes if faced with similar circumstances we could measure up to their standard!

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