Corporal Henry Bake, Jr. (left) of Ft. Defiance, Arizona and Pfc. George Kirk (right) of Leupp, Arizona operate a portable radio unit on the front line in the jungles of Bougainville, in the Solomon Islands. (Navajo Code Talkers Foundation)

Video: 'A Day With the Navajo Code Talkers'


This short video, shot during a Southwest Airlines flight with historical images interspersed and featuring USMC Navajo Code Talker Bill Toledo and Yvonne Murphy, of the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation, is a moving look at these courageous men who sacrificed so much.  Attached to the video is this brief summary from Southwest: "The Navajo Code Talkers were an elite group of communicators who developed a secret, tactical code based on their native language. In the beginning of World War II, Japanese intelligence deciphered our communication, including important commands and top-secret information, due to their knowledge of the English language. Consequently, the well-being of our troops and our strategies for success were at risk. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in late 1941, the Navajo Code Talkers were formed, creating a code that remains unbreakable still today and instigating a pivotal turning point towards America's success in World War II."

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