August 14 is Navajo Code Talkers Day
In 1942 the Marine Corps recruited young Navajos to serve in the Pacific during World War II. They would learn how to use their native language as a code during combat operations. Neither the Japanese Army nor Navy were ever able to crack the code, which remained classified until 1968.
In 1982 President Reagan declared August 14 “National Navajo Code Talker Day,” to honor their service to the nation.
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