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Navajo code talkers marching in formation at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (U.S. Marine Corps archive photo)

Navajo code talkers marching in formation at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (U.S. Marine Corps archive photo)

Native American Code Talker Heroes - "You’ve probably heard of the famous Navajo Code Talkers of WWII, who contributed immeasurably to US intelligence by using their own language as an encryption tool. You may not, however, have heard of their predecessors: the Choctaw soldiers who distinguished themselves with coded transmissions in their native language in WWI. This little slice of American history is shockingly obscure, so spread it around and make sure these brave men aren’t forgotten."

Native American Code Talker Heroes - "You’ve probably heard of the famous Navajo Code Talkers of WWII, who contributed immeasurably to US intelligence by using their own language as an encryption tool. You may not, however, have heard of their predecessors: the Choctaw soldiers who distinguished themselves with coded transmissions in their native language in WWI. This little slice of American history is shockingly obscure, so spread it around and make sure these brave men aren’t forgotten."

Four American soldiers in trenches in the 'Utah' landing area. The soldier on the right is an ethnic Indian Comanche and speaks intercom SCR-536 Handy-talkie in his own language.

Four American soldiers in trenches in the 'Utah' landing area. The soldier on the right is an ethnic Indian Comanche and speaks intercom SCR-536 Handy-talkie in his own language.

General douglas macarthur meets american indian troops wwii military pacific navajo pima island hopping

General douglas macarthur meets american indian troops wwii military pacific navajo pima island hopping

www.kenjikawano.com.  Black and white photos of the Navajo Code Talkers and the Navajo People by Photographer, Kenji Kawano.

www.kenjikawano.com. Black and white photos of the Navajo Code Talkers and the Navajo People by Photographer, Kenji Kawano.

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