Navajo code talkers share stories as part of largest military exercise
Story by Stephanie Sanchez, Reporter - bio | email
Yuma-Two World War II veterans shared their stories about an unbreakable code which saved thousands of lives and helped end world war two.
"I'm probably going to tell my kids about it and my grand kids too," Kevin Huang said.
"Definitely this is something it should keep going in the tradition of Marine Corps and keep this history alive," Jeff Jones said.
As part of the largest reserve training exercise which includes the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Navajo code talkers were invited to meet with dozens of marines to stress the importance of communication.
MCAS officials said this year's exercise includes reserve marines from 32 states to train alongside active duty marines and Canadian service members.
"These are part of the legends we heard about but now we get to meet them," Colonel Robert Hashimoto said. "It's really important we get that opportunity now because the WWII veterans are dwindling quickly and its important we honor them now that they're still here to enjoy that tribute."
Sidney Bedoni and Bill Toledo were among the 400 Navajo code talkers who used their native language to transmit information about the enemy during WWII.
The Japanese at the time had been cracking every code but the Navajo language was something they just couldn't figure out.
The Navajo language became one of the most successful codes in military history.
"It's fantastic to hear there are still few left of the Navajo code talkers," Christopher Davis said.
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