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Secret Code Talkers

In 1942, 29 men from the Navajo Nation were hired by the United States Marines. Their job was to develop a secret military code in their native language. This code was used to make sure that all military communication was kept secret during World War II.

Some of the code words were direct translations from English to Navajo or other Native languages. But the Code Talkers often had to invent words. For example, there is no Navajo word for "tank." Because a tank has a hard shell and moves along the ground, they called it a "wakare-ee," which means turtle.

The Code Talkers created and memorized the new code in a very short time. Using this secret language, they sent thousands of messages. None were ever decoded by enemy countries.

It took many years after the war before people knew about The Code Talkers. Their important work was kept secret and they were not even allowed to tell their own families about it.

Finally, in 1968, 26 years later, the military made the Code Talker program public. Those who served as Code Talkers were honored. Then, in 2001, the Navajo Code Talkers who were still alive were presented with Congressional Medals of Honor.

On the back of the medals, in the Navajo language, is written, "With the Navajo language they defeated the enemy."


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When did the Code Talkers get a Congressional Medal of Honour?
1942
1968
2001
2001 When did the Code Talkers get hired?
1942
1968
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1942 When did the Code Talkers finally get to tell their families about their work in the war?
1942
1968
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1968 What does "wakare-ee" mean in the Navajo language?
shell
turtle
secret
turtle Who hired the Code Talkers?
the US Secret Service
the United Nations
the US Marines
the US Marines Which language was used to write on the back of their Medals of Honor?
English
Navajo
Japanese
Navajo What did the Code Talkers do?
They developed a military code in the Navajo language.
They developed special tanks to use during World War II.
They were World War II spies.
They developed a military code in the Navajo language.

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