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A unique World War II legacy

Peter McDonald Navajo Code TalkerPeter MacDonald is one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. The Navajo Code Talkers used a unique code during the war in the Pacific to transmit secret messages. It was based on words in the Navajo language, but understanding Navajo didn’t mean a person could understand the Code.

The Navajo Code is the only military code in modern history that was never broken by an enemy. The Code Talkers saved hundreds of thousands of lives and helped to shorten the war in the Pacific. "Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima" stated Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division. Join us Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. for an enthusiastic and heartfelt presentation. MacDonald will explain how the Navajo Code was developed and how it was used during the war. He will also discuss the current state of the Navajo Code Talkers. It will be a truly memorable experience to hear this fascinating story from Mr. MacDonald, an elder Navajo statesman and patriot.

MacDonald, president of the Navajo Code Talker Association and former leader of the Navajo Nation, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 15. He went through boot camp at U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego, CA. Following regular combat and communication training at USMCB in Camp Pendleton, CA, MacDonald, along with other Navajo Marines, was secluded from other Marines for top secret Navajo Code School. During the final phase of World War II (1944-46) MacDonald served in the South Pacific as a Navajo Code Talker and North China with the Sixth Marine Division.

Among his many honors are: Recipient of Congressional Silver Medal for heroic service to the nation as a USMC Navajo Code Talker; University of Oklahoma Engineering Hall of Fame and Special Commendation by U.S. President Richard M. Nixon for “exceptional services to others.”

DATE:  Saturday, Feb. 27

LECTURE Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.     

COST:  $15

LOCATION:  Renaissance Theater

 

For Additional Information:

National Museum of the American Indian

1942: Navajo Code Talkers

Navajo Code Talkers:  The last of the Living World War II heroes share their stories