Unsung Heroes of World War II: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers

Unsung Heroes of World War II: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers

by Deanne Durrett


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On February 23, 1945, U.S. Marines claimed victory in the battle of Iwo Jima, one of the most important battles in the Pacific islands during World War II. Instrumental to this defeat of Japanese forces was a group of specialized Marines involved in a secret program. Throughout the war, Japanese intelligence agencies were able to intercept and break nearly every battlefield code the United States created. The Navajo Code Talkers, however, devised a complex code based on their native language and perfected it so that messages could be coded, transmitted, and decoded in minutes. The Navajo Code was the only battlefield code that Japan never deciphered. Unsung Heroes of World War II details the history of the men who created this secret code and used it on the battlefield to help the United States win World War II in the Pacific.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803224568
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 611,697
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Deanne Durrett has published numerous nonfiction books and biographies for children and young adults, plus two “as told to” memoirs for adult readers.
For more information about Ms. Durrett’s books please visit her Web Site at http://www.deannedurrett.com.

Table of Contents

1: The Navajo
2: Birth of the Idea
3: The Original 29
4: Special Assignment
5: The Navajo School
6: The Code Talkers Hit Guadalcanal
7: The Navajo Code in Operation
8: The Code Talkers' Shining Hour
9: Home Again
10: The Code Talkers' Contribution
Selected Further Reading List

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