Navajo Code Talkers
During World War II, the military decided to experiment with code talkers, and it paid off. An interesting part of their story is that the Navajo were treated poorly by the American Government before they were needed. Some might find it strange that they wanted to help us, but because they heard that the Japanese were doing terrible things they decided to enlist, because it reminded them of the unspeakable acts that happened to them. The code talkers they used were excellent at speaking their native language and they helped us win the war by allowing us to use their language, which the Japanese could never understand. The Navajo had created the code on their own, by creating words and using a system of double coding, in which they took a letter, gave it a word in English, and then translating it into Navajo. Systems like this worked extremely well. Very few people knew the language, but the system worked. The original 29 code talkers were awarded The Congressional Gold Medal for their efforts. This medal is pictured below. To the left are some of these famed Code Talkers who helped the USA win WWII.