Category Archives: Memorial Day
The Navajo code talkers–then and now
Proud warriors–a credit to the already prestigious Marine Corp.
The story of the Navajo code talkers
“The story of the Navajo Code Talkers begins in 1940 when a small group of Chippewas and Oneidas became a part of the radio communications 32nd Infantry Division. Soon after, Sac and Fox tribes joined in the ranks as combat radiomen. The complexity of Navajo linguistics allowed it to become an ideal choice to be used in code due to the lack of documentation made available for learning to speak the language and ability for the same words to mean multiple things based on sound. The legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers will continue as many documentary and stories have been shared about their journey since it’s declassification during Reagan’s Administration”
Memorial Day is tomorrow, and I just want to say thank you to all my readers who have served in the armed forces. I would like to hear your stories in the comments.
My father served in the army, all four of my uncles served in the navy, and my husband’s father was a marine (Once a marine, always a marine). One of my earliest memories was from when we were living on the army base in New York; I remember my sister and I playing tag under and around the tables in the mess hall.
When I was 20 years old, I seriously considered enlisting in the army, but my daughter was only a year and 1/2 old, and I didn’t want to be away from her for that long while I went to boot camp. I ended up losing her anyway, her dad took her out of state, years later, and I didn’t see her again for several years. I have often wondered how my life may have been different if I had enlisted.