By Chester Nez
He's the one unique international struggle II Navajo code talker nonetheless alive—and this is often his tale . . .
His identify wasn’t Chestesr Nez. That used to be the English identify he used to be assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding tuition at castle Defiance, he was once punished for conversing his local language, because the lecturers sought to rid him of his tradition and traditions. yet discrimination didn’t cease Chester from answering the decision to guard his state after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have continually been warriors, and his upbringing on a brand new Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both actual and mental—to excel as a marine.
in the course of global conflict II, the japanese had controlled to crack each code the U.S. used. but if the Marines became to its Navajo recruits to boost and enforce a mystery army language, they created the single unbroken code in sleek warfare—and helped guarantee victory for the USA over Japan within the South Pacific.
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We carried a poncho that reached almost to our ankles. We had been issued two pairs of thick socks, supposed to keep us from developing blisters on the march, and two sets of underwear. Our helmets were a tan-gray color with a cloth covering that had blotches of faded green, tan, and dark gray. Those blotches helped them blend in with the terrain—camouflage, the Marines called it. Our boots, boondockers, were made of thick leather. They came up to just above our ankles. I liked the smell in the galley area, although lots of Marines complained about it.
Deprived of much-needed food and ammunition, the Guadalcanal operation, originally code-named Operation Watchtower by Allied brass, became known among the fighting men as Operation Shoestring. Despite their lack of Naval support, and despite the fact that the Japanese—who controlled the seas around Guadalcanal—delivered reinforcements of men, food, and ammunition, the hungry Marines used every bullet and drove the enemy from the airfield. They hung a banner that announced UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT, and in two weeks they completed the work begun by the enemy, christening Henderson Field on August 20, 1942, in honor of Major Lofton R.
We ate the breakfast Old Auntie had made—blue cornmeal mush and goat’s milk. The herd was already restless, and just before sunrise it would be on the move, so we ate quickly in the wavering light cast by the fire. That day we would follow the three hundred sheep to a new grazing area, where we’d stay for a few days before moving on. Ewes and lambs made up our herd, along with a few goats and kids. The eight rams belonging to Grandmother, Shimásání (the old mother), were corralled until mating season.
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez