Code Talkers join in ceremonies

Code Talkers join in ceremonies

There are 15 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from May 30, 2011, titled Code Talkers join in ceremonies. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

From a livelihood as a Navajo shepherd in Crownpoint, N.M., to a crucial job as a communications specialist in World War II's Pacific Theater was a career shift that Frank Chee Willeto - age 17 at the time - never expected.

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lydia

Las Cruces, NM

#1 May 31, 2011
The US should consider using them again, those who might want to volunteer. you know the Iraqi's and Al Qida etc are all listening to US transmissions. These men served well and were so valuable. Time to try it again.
95Aggie

Las Cruces, NM

#2 May 31, 2011
lydia wrote:
The US should consider using them again, those who might want to volunteer. you know the Iraqi's and Al Qida etc are all listening to US transmissions. These men served well and were so valuable. Time to try it again.
Unfortunately, very few young Navajos know the language.
Fred

Las Cruces, NM

#3 May 31, 2011
The number of lives that were saved because of these men is astronomical.
These men are some very special Americans. I for one am proud to claim them as my countrymen.
Fred

Las Cruces, NM

#4 May 31, 2011
95Aggie wrote:
<quoted text>Unfortunately, very few young Navajos know the language.
Even if they did know the language, there is enough information now out there about the Navajo language [largely as a result of what it was used for] that our enemies would be able to decode it in a short time.

That is not to put down what these men did. Their fellow Americans are quite proud of them for it.

I know I am.
Alien

Las Cruces, NM

#5 May 31, 2011
They did not invent a code as noted in the article. They just spoke the language which they grew up with.
READ

Las Cruces, NM

#6 May 31, 2011
Yes they DID use a code. It was spoken in the Navajo language, but as stated in the article "there was no clear message because it was coded". In other words, they spoke in Navajo and did not flat out say what they were trying to communicate.
rUserious

Mescalero, NM

#8 May 31, 2011
Chesty wrote:
Enough on non combat code talkers, they provided a service but not more so than others or the USMC combat troops who protected them and spearheaded assaults and engaged in combat in the mud and blood!
They were on the ground fighting with all the other combat troops as well, maybe you should read up on your history ! Did u think they were hidden from all the danger in some cave having coffee and donuts ? They were out there "in the mud and blood "with the grunts fighting for your freedom as well ! Haven't you ever seen Windtalkers ?:) Geez people, know the facts before you post a uneducated comment and make yourself sound ruh-tarded !
yhj

Las Cruces, NM

#9 May 31, 2011
Chesty wrote:
Enough on non combat code talkers, they provided a service but not more so than others or the USMC combat troops who protected them and spearheaded assaults and engaged in combat in the mud and blood!
If it weren't for the Code talkers, America would have lost more troops than it did, and quite possible, the war itself. In fact, we would all be saluting the swastika by now.
Fred

Las Cruces, NM

#10 May 31, 2011
Alien wrote:
They did not invent a code as noted in the article. They just spoke the language which they grew up with.
You are quite wrong.

There were no words for objects of war (tank, battleship, etc.) in the Navajo language. Tank was 'tortoise' and there were a lot of other words.

A non-Codetalker could make no sense of what the Codetalkers were saying if he listened in.
Fred

Las Cruces, NM

#11 May 31, 2011
Chesty wrote:
Enough on non combat code talkers, they provided a service but not more so than others or the USMC combat troops who protected them and spearheaded assaults and engaged in combat in the mud and blood!
The number of lives those Codetalkers saved was astronomical. Without them, we wouldn't have been able to outwit the Japaneses as the Japanese were dynamite code breakers. They cracked every other military code we threw at them.
Don't sell them short.
Fred

Las Cruces, NM

#12 May 31, 2011
yhj wrote:
<quoted text>
If it weren't for the Code talkers, America would have lost more troops than it did, and quite possible, the war itself. In fact, we would all be saluting the swastika by now.
Or more likely, the Japanese flag.
Corn Pollen Prayers4

Barnesville, OH

#13 May 31, 2011
@Chesty...
without the use of these Code Talkers...all U.S. Marine combat troops would've been Ineffective. Doing real research...Encrypted Coded messages were vital in every Marine Corp operations. This Encrypted Messages were given "Top Secret Status" that even common "Dineh-Navajo" young Soldiers who were in also serviced in other branches didn't know the Code itself.
The truth is "Every Marine" has suffered along with the "Code Talkers" during WWII in the Pacific Campaign. Spilling the blood to defend the right of American and the future of Americans. Two of my grandfathers...Rip...Andy Sage and Frank Toledo were Code Talkers and will always Be "Marines". Their testament of War will be remembered and Honored for the Services they've given to this dear Country of ours.

“Heroes aren't born”

Since: Apr 08

They are made!

#14 May 31, 2011
It is really important not to down play any men involved in serving their country, no matter who that might be. It is also important to recognize particulary interesting or special aspectes of our service men and women. In this case, these men brought something that no one else could. They were enlisted between the ages of 15 and 17 to serve their country. Their story is amazing and deserving of recognition. I met Mr. Bill Toledo on Monday. What an amazing man and such a great experience for me and my family. The three Code Talkers present all had such great stories to share and was more of an honor for me than meeting ANY Hollywood star. True heroes. Thank goodness for them and all who have served and continue to bravely serve our country.
Technoman

United States

#15 May 31, 2011
95Aggie wrote:
<quoted text>Unfortunately, very few young Navajos know the language.
The radios now use encryption. Digital age.
yhj

Las Cruces, NM

#18 Jun 3, 2011
Fred wrote:
<quoted text>
Or more likely, the Japanese flag.
That's true.

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