Code Talker by Chester Nez
The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo s of WWII

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The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII-includes the actual Navajo Code and rare photos.

Although more than 400 Navajos served in the military during World War II as top-secret code talkers, even those fighting shoulder to shoulder with them were not told of their covert function. And, after the war, the Navajos were forbidden to speak of their service until 1968, when the code was finally declassified. Of the original twenty- nine Navajo code talkers, only two are still alive. Chester Nez is one of them.

In this memoir, the eighty-nine-year-old Nez chronicles both his war years and his life growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation-the hard life that gave him the strength, both physical and mental, to become a Marine. His story puts a living face on the legendary men who developed what is still the only unbroken code in modern warfare.

 

About Chester Nez

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Chester Nez is a World War II veteran who indispensably served his country as a Navajo code talker. He lives in New Mexico. Judith Schiess Avila has conducted eighty hours of interviews with Chester Nez and his son. She lives in New Mexico.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Berkley. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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On the battlefield, Navajo code talkers would use voice transmissions over the radio, spoken in Navajo to convey secret information.

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Publishers Weekly

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Written with code talker scholar Schiess Avila, Nez's fascinating memoir details his experience as one of the original 29 "code talkers"—a group of Native American soldiers who kept U.S. transmissions safe from the Japanese during WWII.

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The entire Navajo Code Talkers’ Dictionary of about 700 words - including military terms, words for various aircraft and ships, and a general vocabulary of Navajo words with literal English translations - appears in the appendix.

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“Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII” (Berkley Caliber, $26.95) by Chester Nez with Judith Schiess Avila, tells the story of Nez, who grew up on the Checkerboard, a land of Navajo and non-Navajo near the Navajo Nation.

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North Jersey

"Code Talker" is a fascinating melange of combat in the Pacific theater, the history of the Navajo people and the development of a uniquely American code that remained unbroken by the Japanese throughout the war and classified until 1968.

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World War II Database

A few years ago, I had checked out Native American Code Talker in World War II to learn a bit about the history of the use of a code developed from the Navajo language.

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