Historical Perspective Video of Navajo Code Talkers
The Navajo Code Talkers that served during World War II contributed greatly to the success of the Pacific War changing tides before the dropping of the atom bomb. Navajo children in that day did not have birth records and lived far from cities. They were required by the American government to attend school by the age of 5 and covert to a more modern day society. It was against rules to speak in their native language or have native names and long hair. As a result of attempting to erase their Indian culture, new white names were given to children and their hair was cut. They learned to speak English, however that did not stop the Navajo children from communicating in secret. This would end up becoming a prized possession of the Marine Corp as they recruited Navajo men to join the ranks of Marines serving in the Asian Pacific. Their language was used to create a code language only understood and communicated by the Navajo.