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Code Talker

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.

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my feelings regarding the book "the Code Talkers"

I have tremendous respect and compassion for the Navajo Chester Nez. This book showed me a side of the Navajo experience that of which I had no knowledge. If I was a Navajo, I am sorry to say I would not show the strength of Chester Nez. He signed up for the Navy and did not have to. His discipline was unbreakable, his contributions to the war beyond reproach. I have always been on the verge of tears when I start to think about what we "white men"
did to the native American. It's clear we have no shame for the horrible way we treated them. So when I see the strength of character present in Chester Nez, I can only say to his family of survivors, you grandpa, uncle, cousin, was a fine man and you can stand with great pride for the example he set. I wish I knew him.

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