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Navajo Code Talkers: Social Studies Project

history project on navajo code talkers

Mariah Burgos

on 13 November 2013

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Transcript of Navajo Code Talkers: Social Studies Project

The Navajo Code Talkers
The Navajo code was the only unbroken and complex code in military history.
Philip Johnston
Philip Johnston was the son of a protestant missionary. As a child he grew up with Navajo children and learned to speak their language and during that time he came across the idea for a military code for communication. Once thought out and planned, he then presented his idea of the Navajo code to the military.
The code talkers were not just trained to be code talkers but soldiers too. They fought in many battles. But too often their own soldiers mistook them for Japanese. They had to have a bodygaurd because of this. They helped with the allied success in the Pacific.
The Navajo language was chosen, because it was not written down. Saying that, less than 30 non-Navajos understood it. This language, was only spoken by the Navajos in southwest America, and the speakers only used it on the battlefield.
For some unknown reason, the Navajo Code was kept a secret until 1968. Maybe it was kept a secret because the military wanted to use the code again.
The Navajo Code Talkers were able to send, receive, and solve a coded message in a few seconds. Whereas the machines in that time, would take more than 30 minutes.
Anywhere between 375-420 Navajos were trained in code
It is estimated that only 7 code talkers died in WW2
Each Navajo code talker qualified for a variety of medals. The original 29 were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor. Every Navajo that served as a code talker was awarded a silver medal. Many got Purple Hearts for bravery.
Congressional Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
Silver Medal
Time Line
May 1942: The original 29 Navajo Code Talkers attended a training camp in California.
August 1942: 27 out of the original 29 code talkers land on Guadalcanal. they use the code very little
September 1942: a Navajo code talker program is established at Camp Pendleton, California
June 15, 1945: Navajo Code Talkers' Dictionary is revised
1968: The Code is declassified
August 14, 1982: National Code Talkers' Day
December 21, 2000: The bill awarding Congressional Gold and Silver Medals honoring the Navajo Code Talkers is signed into law
July 26, 2001: President George W. Bush presents the Congressional Gold Medal to Navajo Code Talkers.
Navajo Code Talkers'
1942-1945: The code talkers participated in every attack conducted by the U.S. Marines
The Navajo Code Talkers helped, with many things. Such as saving people's lives, and ending the war quickly.
By: Mariah Burgos
Slant eye
Iron Hat
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Being a Navajo Code Talker was a dangerous job. But no matter how dangerous it was, the Navajo's did held up a great roll in that time period of the war, and soon it brought the attention of others in the war. For along time, it made a huge impact. Without the code talkers, and it's language- many people would have died and the war wouldn't end as quickly as it did.
The Navajo Code Talkers help save many lives, and helped ended the war quickly.
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