The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Today

Hi96° Hot

Tonight

Lo71° Mostly Clear

Thursday

Hi98° Hot

Thursday Night

Lo71° Clear

Friday

Hi98° Hot

Friday Night

Lo67° Clear

Saturday

Hi89° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo62° Clear

Sunday

Hi84° Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo61° Clear

Congress celebrates ‘code talkers’: Thirty-three tribes receive medals for help during wars

Send to Kindle
Print This

WASHINGTON — U.S. military commanders had a big problem during World War II, when the Japanese routinely broke their codes, making it easy to predict the actions of American troops.

Commanders brought in 29 Navajo “code talkers” — a group made up of farmers and sheepherders from the ages of 15 to 35 — who went to Camp Pendleton in California in 1942 and used their language to create a code that the enemy could never figure out: Turtle meant tank, chicken hawk meant dive bomber and Wo-La-Chee represented the letter “A.”

View my options or Sign in