Navajo Code Talker

Posted: August 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Navajo code talker Joe Morris, one of more than 400 American Indians who used the language of their ancestors to relay secret battlefield orders during World War II, has died. He was 85. He was one of more than 400 American Indians who used the language of their ancestors to relay secret battlefield orders during World War II, has died 24 JUL after a stroke at the Veterans Administration Loma Linda Healthcare System. Navajo code talkers were young Navajo men who used their language to successfully transmit secret communications in every major engagement in the Pacific theater, including Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. Morris kept secret what he did during his Marine Corps service until President Ronald Reagan declassified the role of the code talkers in 1982. Morris then began giving presentations to schools and colleges. The Navajo dialect never left the Southwest United States and the language was never written down. The Japanese had no way of learning it, and the complicated nature of the language made it difficult for others to learn. Twenty-nine original code talkers were recruited to train another 400 Navajo to work as communicators. Morris was 17 when he joined the Marines. According to his his daughter Colleen Anderson he was quite modest about his role in the war and didn't consider himself a hero, she said. "He just wasn't that kind of person. He would say that he didn't do it alone. He would always include (the other code talkers) in presentations," Anderson said. He was buried in Riverside National Cemetery. [Source: Associated Press article 21 Jul 2011 ++]

 

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