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Ernest Yazhe was one of an elite group who joined the Code Talkers - who played a vital role in sending messages to and from the battlefield - in the 1940s.
American Marines on Saipan were able to use one code that was never broken by the Japanese. Navajo Indian communicators spoke in a code derived from their exclusive language to help win the battle. The complexity of the code perplexed the Japanese. It proved impossible to break for many reasons. For example, there are multiple sounds for vowels used in words which are similar in spelling but have different meanings. The complexity increased on the receiving end. Once a Navajo Code Talker obtained the string of unrelated Navajo words, he translated every word into English. From the collection of English words, he used the first letter in every word to make a whole word in English. The original Navajo Code Talkers also created and learned approximately 450 words that represented military terms.
"Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima have one thing in common: they were captured by the Wind Talkers unit. The Wind Talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945--serving in all six Marine divisions. Many American soldiers staked their lives on the success of the Navajo code and view the Wind Talkers' contributions to the war effort as nothing short of monumental. A Marine Corps signal officer summed up the situation after WW2: "Were it not for the Wind Talkers, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima and other places."
Ernest's older brother Harrison Yazhe, who died in 2004, also became a Code Talker. Both brothers' names appear in the Congressional record on the list of Code Talkers confirmed by the Marines. A third brother, U.S. Army private first class Silas Yazzie, died in combat in Italy in 1944.
I swear I read news reports a few years ago that said the last code talker had died.
It's horrible. They get the basic part of who they were right, but other than that it's a horrible movie.
It's so hard to believe a country so small(area wise) could whip the Russians in the Russo-Japanese war then decimate the British in a matter of weeks from all its pacific naval entrenchment