During World War II, it was through Native American Code-talkers, primarily Navajos, that the US Armed Forces found an unbreakable code in the war against Japan. At Iwo Jima, Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer, declared, “Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima.”
The irony of this is the very language the government was trying to eliminate may have been the greatest secret weapon of World War II and may have turned the tide for the Americans.
I would like to give honor today to all my fellow Vetrans who put their lives on the line to protect their loved ones and families.
Miigwech Bizandowiyeg (thank you for listening).