Friday, November 22, 2013

Tribes finally honored for secret work of World War II code talkers

Associated Press
Elieia Chapellla (from left) and Velma Wadsworth, both from the Hopi Tribe of Polacca, Ariz., and Sandy Winneshiek and Heather Cloud, both from the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, attend a ceremony in Washington to honor the code talkers.
33 tribes were honored for work done in World War II, using their native language to create a virtually (at the time) unbreakable code, which aided operations in The Pacific Theater.  There is no question they saved lives and significantly contributed to the success of landings and battles.  Honoring them is way past due.

Among those tribes honored Wednesday: Wisconsin's Oneida Tribe of Indians, which had four code talkers during the war, the Ho-Chunk Nation with seven and the Menominee Nation with five. None of the Wisconsin soldiers lived to see their once-secret service recognized.
Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), who co-sponsored the 2008 legislation authorizing the creation of the medals, credited code talkers for saving countless lives by being able to use their native languages to transmit in seconds secret battlefield messages that would have taken a coding machine at least 30 minutes to send.
Enemy forces never broke their code, Kind noted.

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