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Celebrated each August 14, Navajo Code Talkers Day salutes the courageous achievements of the Navajo men who were recruited to the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
This elite group of soldiers relayed crucial coded messages using their native language in a highly successful effort whose codes were never successfully broken by the Japanese. Navajo Code Talkers Day was established by President Ronald Reagan on August 14, 1982, and 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the over 400 Navajo men who were recruited during World War II as Code Talkers.
While many now know of the courage and achievements of the Navajo Code Talkers, this was not the first time native American languages were used in wartime — the Choctaw language was also used in World War I for similar efforts! Celebrate these efforts by reading more about the Code Talkers, or by seeking out interviews with some of the surviving Code Talkers still alive today.
Learn more, and view some of the historic interviews with surviving Code Talkers, here.