Code Talker

The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Author: Chester Nez,Judith Schiess Avila

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101552123

Category: History

Page: 320

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The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII. His name wasn’t Chester Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn’t stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both physical and mental—to excel as a marine. During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare—and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific. INCLUDES THE ACTUAL NAVAJO CODE AND RARE PICTURES

Code Talker

A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101664800

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 240

View: 304

"Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find."—Booklist, starred review Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years. But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. His grueling journey is eye-opening and inspiring. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults "Nonsensational and accurate, Bruchac's tale is quietly inspiring..."—School Library Journal From the Trade Paperback edition.

Code Talker Stories

Author: Laura Tohe

Publisher: Rio Nuevo Pub

ISBN: 9781933855745

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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On these pages, the Navajo Code Talkers speak, in english and navajo, about past and present. Laura Tohe, daughter of a code talker, interviewed many of the remaining Code Talkers, some of whom have since passed on. The Navajo language helped win World War II, and it lives on in this book, as the vererans truly share from thier hearts, providing not only more battlefield details, but also revealing how their war experiences affected themselves and the following gernerations. Their children and grandchildren also speak about what it means to them today. Beautiful portraits accompany their words.

Under the Eagle

Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker

Author: Samuel Holiday,Robert S. McPherson

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806151013

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

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Samuel Holiday was one of a small group of Navajo men enlisted by the Marine Corps during World War II to use their native language to transmit secret communications on the battlefield. Based on extensive interviews with Robert S. McPherson, Under the Eagle is Holiday’s vivid account of his own story. It is the only book-length oral history of a Navajo code talker in which the narrator relates his experiences in his own voice and words. Under the Eagle carries the reader from Holiday’s childhood years in rural Monument Valley, Utah, into the world of the United States’s Pacific campaign against Japan—to such places as Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. Central to Holiday’s story is his Navajo worldview, which shapes how he views his upbringing in Utah, his time at an Indian boarding school, and his experiences during World War II. Holiday’s story, coupled with historical and cultural commentary by McPherson, shows how traditional Navajo practices gave strength and healing to soldiers facing danger and hardship and to veterans during their difficult readjustment to life after the war. The Navajo code talkers have become famous in recent years through books and movies that have dramatized their remarkable story. Their wartime achievements are also a source of national pride for the Navajos. And yet, as McPherson explains, Holiday’s own experience was “as much mental and spiritual as it was physical.” This decorated marine served “under the eagle” not only as a soldier but also as a Navajo man deeply aware of his cultural obligations.

Native American Code Talker in World War II

Author: Ed Gilbert

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1780966342

Category: History

Page: 64

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'Were it not for the Navajo Code Talkers the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima and other places' (Anonymous, Marine Corps signal officer). Ed Gilbert uses personal interviews with veterans to tell their fascinating story. Beginning with the first operational use of Native American languages in World War I, he explores how in World War II the US again came to employ this subtle, but powerful 'weapon.' Despite all efforts, the Japanese were never able to decode their messages and the Navajo code talkers contributed significantly to US victories in the Pacific. Approximately 400 Navajos served in this crucial role. Their legend of the 'code talker' has been celebrated by Hollywood in films, such as Windtalkers, and this book reveals the real-life story of their extraordinary involvement in World War II.

Navajo Code Talkers

Author: Nathan Aaseng

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780802721426

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 1534

On the Pacific front during World War II, strange messages were picked up by American and Japanese forces on land and at sea. The messages were totally unintelligible to everyone except a small select group within the Marine Corps: the Navajo code talkers-a group of Navajos communicating in a code based on the Navajo language. This code, the first unbreakable one in U.S. history, was a key reason that the Allies were able to win in the Pacific. Navajo Code Talkers tells the story of the special group, who proved themselves to be among the bravest, most valuable, and most loyal of American soldiers during World War II.

Sioux Code Talkers of World War II

Author: Andrea M. Page

Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company

ISBN: 1455622443


Page: N.A

View: 562

Told by the great-niece of John Bear King, who served in the First Cavalry in the Pacific Theatre as a Sioux Code Talker, this comprehensively informative title explores not only the importance of the indigenous peoples to the war, but also their culture and values. The Sioux Code Talkers of World War II follows seven Sioux who put aside a long history of prejudice against their people and joined the fight against Japan. With a personal touch and a deft eye for engaging detail, author Andrea M. Page brings the Lakota story to life.

The Life and Times of the Code Talker

Author: Chester Nez,Judith Schiess Avila

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101608420

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 82

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Chester Nez’s memoir was just the beginning. Here are more stories and photos from the last remaining Navajo Code Talker of World War II. After the publication of his book, Code Talker, Chester Nez reflects on the path that took him to where he is today—from growing up on the New Mexico reservation steeped in the traditions of his Native American ancestors, to his days fighting alongside other Code Talkers, to his hardships and triumphs after the war. Here are stories of his family, then and now, tales of his close relationship to nature and her creatures, accounts of how his life and legacy have changed since publishing his memoir, and a tribute to his fallen friends. The Life and Times of the Code Talker is the perfect purchase for those who never want Chester Nez’s stories to end… Includes a preview of Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII INCLUDES NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PHOTOS


Navajo Code Talkers

Author: N.A

Publisher: Northland Pub

ISBN: 9780873585132

Category: History

Page: 107

View: 7594

The American offensive in the Pacific during World War II [was] hampered by the Japanese ability to crack the most secret U.S. Codes. Navajo was virtually unknown outside the reservations, ... and [their] code proved uncrackable. Kenji Kawano's striking photographs capture the quiet dignity of the surviving veterans as they recall their actions —Los Angeles Times

Navajo Code Talkers

Author: Andrew Santella

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780756506117

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 2773

Describes the use of the Navajo language in World War II, discussing why it was used, how the code was developed, and the Native Americans who bravely fought for the United States.

Unsung Heroes of World War II

The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers

Author: N.A

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803224568

Category: History

Page: 130

View: 1078

Describes the role of a select group of Navajo Marines who developed a code based on their own native language that provided a means for secure communications among American forces in the Pacific during World War II.

The Comanche Code Talkers of World War II

Author: William C. Meadows

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292778422

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 2960

Among the allied troops that came ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, were thirteen Comanches in the 4th Infantry Division, 4th Signal Company. Under German fire they laid communications lines and began sending messages in a form never before heard in Europe—coded Comanche. For the rest of World War II, the Comanche Code Talkers played a vital role in transmitting orders and messages in a code that was never broken by the Germans. This book tells the full story of the Comanche Code Talkers for the first time. Drawing on interviews with all surviving members of the unit, their original training officer, and fellow soldiers, as well as military records and news accounts, William C. Meadows follows the group from their recruitment and training to their active duty in World War II and on through their postwar lives up to the present. He also provides the first comparison of Native American code talking programs, comparing the Comanche Code Talkers with their better-known Navajo counterparts in the Pacific and with other Native Americans who used their languages, coded or not, for secret communication. Meadows sets this history in a larger discussion of the development of Native American code talking in World Wars I and II, identifying two distinct forms of Native American code talking, examining the attitudes of the American military toward Native American code talkers, and assessing the complex cultural factors that led Comanche and other Native Americans to serve their country in this way.

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code

A Navajo Code Talker's Story

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

ISBN: 0807500089

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 8078

As a young Navajo boy, Chester Nez had to leave the reservation and attend boarding school, where he was taught that his native language and culture were useless. But Chester refused to give up his heritage. Years later, during World War II, Chester—and other Navajo men like him—was recruited by the US Marines to use the Navajo language to create an unbreakable military code. Suddenly the language he had been told to forget was needed to fight a war. This powerful picture book biography contains backmatter including a timeline and a portion of the Navajo code, and also depicts the life of an original Navajo code talker while capturing the importance of heritage.

Navajo Code Talkers

Secret American Indian Heroes of World War II

Author: Brynn Baker

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1491448377

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 480

"Discusses the heroic actions and experiences of the Navajo code talkers and the impact they made during times of war and conflict"--

The Navajo Code Talkers

Author: J. Patrick Lewis

Publisher: Creative Editions

ISBN: 9781568462950

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 2588

Amidst a complicated history of mistreatment by and distrust of the American government, the Navajo people—especially bilingual code talkers—helped the Allies win World War II.

Navajo Weapon

The Navajo Code Talkers

Author: Sally McClain

Publisher: Rio Nuevo Pub

ISBN: 9781887896320

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 949

Based on first-person accounts and Marine Corps documents, and featuring the original code dictionary, Navajo Weapon tells how the code talkers created a unique code within a code, served their country in combat, and saved American lives.

Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers

Volume 1

Author: Arigon Starr,Janet Miner,Lee Francis (IV)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780000009784

Category: Cherokee Indians

Page: N.A

View: 4492

There has been a great deal of writing the past several decades about Native American Code Talkers of World War Two. The published works have been about Navajos and the tremendous contribution they made in the Pacific campaigns of the war. What is often overlooked is the role played in both World Wars by men of other tribes. There were Cherokee, Choctaw, Comanche, Creek and other tribal representatives with their languages involved as well. Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, a graphic anthology of historically based stories, begins to fill that void. Seven stories -- two by the book's editor, Arigon Starr, dealing with Choctaw and Comanche code talkers, one by Roy Boney, Jr. on Cherokees, one by Johnnie Diacon on Creeks, and one by Jonathan Nelson on Navajos, plus stories from Lee Francis IV and Michael Sheyahshe -- provide an excellent rendering of the subject.

The Unbreakable Code

Author: Sara Hoagland Hunter

Publisher: Rising Moon

ISBN: 9780873589178

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 2360

Because John is afraid to leave the Navajo Reservation, his grandfather explains to him how the Navajo language, faith, and ingenuity helped win World War II.