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George Smith: A Native American Who Helped Win WWII
Posted By Patrick Kiger On November 9, 2012 @ 5:41 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
George Smith and his fellow Navajo code talkers  played an important but long under-appreciated role in defeating the Japanese in the bloody, hard-fought Pacific islands campaign during World War II.
Smith, who died on Oct. 30 at age 90  in Window Rock, Ariz., was part of a group of about 400 Native Americans who transmitted battlefield communications in a fashion that baffled Japanese code-breakers — by talking on the radio in their own indigenous languages. That tactic was so effective, in fact, that the Pentagon kept the code-talkers’ exploits classified for decades, according to this official U.S. Navy history of the project . But belatedly, Smith and his comrades are now receiving recognition, including ”Native Words, Native Warriors ,” a current traveling exhibit by the Smithsonian Institution.
Here are five intriguing facts about the code-talkers:
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URLs in this post:
 Navajo code talkers: http://www.navajocodetalkers.org/
 died on Oct. 30 at age 90: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21902806/navajo-code-talker-george-smith-dies
 official U.S. Navy history of the project: http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq61-2.htm
 Native Words, Native Warriors: http://www.sites.si.edu/exhibitions/exhibits/codetalkers/main.htm
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq2Cp1DUOWc
 Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/ae/articles/2012/10/08/20121008smithsonian-heard-exhibit-code-talkers-phoenix.html
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