Chester Nez was the last living of the original World War II Navajo code talker still alive, and this is his story. In boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn’t stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both physical and mental—to excel as a marine. Along with the 28 other original Navajo code talkers, he developed the only military code that has never been deciphered.
- Authors: Chester Nez
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (August 7, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 0425247856
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inch
During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare—and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.