Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII
He is the only original World War II Navajo code talker still alive—and this is his story . . . His name wasn’t Chestesr Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers... show more
He is the only original World War II Navajo code talker still alive—and this is his story . . . His name wasn’t Chestesr Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn’t stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both physical and mental—to excel as a marine. During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare—and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.
Publish date: 2012-08-07
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
, World War II
, Military History
Even if you aren't a history buff, you should take the time to read this book. This book is a memoir not a history. It captures the memories of one of the original 29 Navajo Codetalkers from his earliest memories of his life herding sheep with his family in New Mexico, through service in WWII as one...
I read this book a while back, but I'm reviewing it now in his honor. The author, the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, died yesterday. Before I read this book, I'd heard of him and the work this group of Marines did, but I had no understanding of the danger they endured. The book...
Can't stop myself from quoting this beautiful traditional Navajo prayer:In beauty I walk.With beauty before me I walk.With beauty behind me I walk.With beauty around me I walk.With beauty above me I walk.With beauty below me I walk.