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September 19, 1945

THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, September 19, 1945 

* Navajo Code Talkers (Windtalkers) 
* United States Marines 
* World War II era

This 44 page newspaper has one column headlines on page 9: "NAVAJO CODE TALK KEPT FOE GUESSING" "Indians With Marines, Using Rare Native Tongue, Insured Secrecy of Messages"

Tells of the use of this secret code in the Pacific Theater during world War II. This is the only mention of these Island Indians during this time in the New York Times.

Other news of the day throughout with much post World War II reporting. Rag edition in very nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The name code talkers is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. Other Native American code talkers were used by the United States Army during World War II, using Cherokee, Choctaw and Comanche soldiers. Soldiers of Basque ancestry were used for code talking by the US Marines during World War II in areas where other Basque speakers were not expected to be operating.

Category: The 20th Century