In keeping with the Warrior Spirit, we would like to recognize a group of heros that are largely unknown to the general public. The Navajo Codetalkers used their language during WWII to confound the Japanese in the South Pacific.
Sam Holiday of Monument Valley riding in the Kayenta 4th of July parade. He is one of the last surviving codetalkers and is over 80 years old.
Below are two segments from the movie "WINDTALKERS", the beginning and the end. The scenes show Monument Valley, our home. If you want to view the entire film it is on youtube in segments.While the film is "Hollywoodized", it did bring attention to the service of these modern warriors. At the bottom of the post is a link to a historically accurate website that gives further information. Some who do not understand, assume that Native Americans may be unpatriotic and bitter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Native Americans have the highest per capita percentage of military veterans of any ethnic group in the USA. Of course this is partly because of economics. The military is often the best option for many young people who do not have the financial means or academic preparation to attend college.
But it is also because of the desire to defend their land and honor their warrior ancestors.
This mission was highly classified. After the war these young men returned home and did not even tell their families about their assignments until it was declassified in the late 1960's. They went on with their lives. Most returned to reservation and humbly raised their families without recognition or fanfare. Just recently are they recieving some recognition in their old age.
Haske WarriorStrength pays tribute to the Navajo Codetalkers.