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Navajo Code Talkers

The Code Talkers used native languages to send military messages before World War II. The Marine Corps needed an Unbreakable Code for its island-hopping campaign in the Pacific. Navajo, which was unwritten and known by few outside the tribe, seemed to fit the Corps requirements. Twenty-nine Navajos were recruited to develop the code in 1942. They took their language and developed a Type One Code that assigned a Navajo word to each English letter. They also created special words for planes, ships and weapons. Because all 17 pages of the Navajo code were memorized, there was no need to encrypt and decipher messages with the aid of coding machines. So, Navajo code talkers could send several messages within seconds. This made the Navajo code talker an important part of any Marine unit.

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