Page, Arizona is located northwest of the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona and we celebrate on August, 14, the bravery, heroism and courage of the Navajo Code Talkers.
|Page is at the Northwestern Corner|
At the start of WWII, Philip Johnston, a WWI veteran proposed to the U.S. Marine Corps the use of Navajo. He was the son of missionaries and because he was raised in the Navajo Reservation, he was one of a few non-Navajo people who spoke their language fluently.
Navajo has complex grammar and at that time it was an unwritten language. The military was in need of an undecipherable code to outsmart the Japanese.
2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the initial recruitment of the Navajo Code Talkers.
It is estimated that at the beginning of World War II, less than 30 non-Navajos could understand the language.
|Navajo Code Talkers, Saipan, June 1944|
Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima. ~Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer.The recruitment and use of the Navajo Code Talkers continued through the Korean War until it was ended early during the Vietnam war.
The Navajo Code Talkers Association founded in 2009 by a group of surviving Navajo Code Talkers, based in Window Rock, AZ, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eduction of future generations about the history, ideals and heroic accomplishments in World War II by the Navajo Code Talkers.
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