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George Smith: A Native American Who Helped Win WWII

Posted on 11/9/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyGeorge 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 …