The Navajo Language: A Blessing In Disguise
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Okinawa

Okinawa was the final battleground of the war.  Okinawa was just 400 miles away from Japan.  The battle of Okinawa lasted for just over two months.  The Americans’ losses here were more than that of the battle of Iwo Jima.  Roy Hawthorne’s patrol was under enemy fire for two days.  “The antenna of my radio was shot off, but I was able to get a message through for reinforcements,” he recalls.   After these long two months of battle, Okinawa finally fell to the Americans, thanks in part to the call for reinforcements.  The tired, exhausted United States troops waited for the order to invade the Japanese islands.  The Navajo manning the radio in August of 1945 was transmitted the message.  He jumped and danced and sang his way to the officers’ tent.  The message was that after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese had finally surrendered. The war was over.
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This is a picture of Code Talker Carl Gorman with his partner, looking through binoculars to find  and report spottings of enemy troops.

Courtesy Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman.





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