First 29 Navajo US Marine Corps Code-talker Recruit Digital History ID 2773|
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Annotation: During World War II, a code of communication based on the Navajo’s unwritten, complex native language was devised that remained undecipherable by the enemy. From 1942-1945, over 400 Navajo code talkers were recruited from reservations to participate in the Pacific theater. Their primary job was to transmit tactical information about troop movements and other pertinent information that assisted the U.S. advancement in the war. The Marines relied on the code talkers when they took Iwo Jima.
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