Who were the Navajo Code Talkers?
The Navajo Code Talkers were a group of men who created a secret code based on the Navajo language to use in battle against the Japanese in World War II. Largely credited with winning the war in the Pacific, the Navajo Code Talkers worked around the clock during the Battle of Iwo Jima, sending more than 800 coded messages without a single error. The group that became known as the Navajo Code Talkers ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawntredd ) began in 1942 when the first 29 Navajo recruits arrived at Camp Pendleton in California and created the code based on their native language. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMvJYLYLZg9gYi0aBBfKpDA
They transcribed a dictionary with numerous words for military terms and memorized it during training. They could encode, transmit and decode a message that took machines 30 minutes in only 20 seconds. Ultimately, more than 400 Navajos would be trained as code talkers. From 1942 to 1945, they served in six Marine divisions from Gudalacanal to Iwo Jima.