Chester Nez, a member of the World War II code talkers, died today at the age of 93. The Navajo Code Talkers provided the U.S. military a full proof solution for safe and fast communication between military units. The original 29 recruits used the Navajo language that had no written alphabet and a “unique syntax and tonal qualities ” to send coded messages that could not be interpreted by the Japanese military. “By all accounts the service of the code talkers was crucial to winning World War II in the Pacific theater.”
To view a list of MVCC library material about the Navajo Code Talkers, click here.