Code talkers


Navajo “code talkers” Corporal Henry Bahe, Jr., and Private First Class George H. Kirk operate a radio set in this December 1943 photograph The U.S. Marines used Navajos to transmit and receive messages in their native language during World War II. Because the Navajo language is a complex, unwritten language that has no alphabet or symbols, it was a perfect candidate for coded communication. The Japanese never broke the code.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Marine Corps


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