The Last Code Talker and thoughts on D Day

Update with radio broadcast from D Day

The last of 29 Navajo Americans who developed a code that helped the Allies win the Second World War died in New Mexico on Wednesday at the age of 93, local media reported.   God bless these men.  Not enough praise has been given them, they saved untold numbers of lives with the code talking. We can always learn something new about them.  Did you know they were also in WWI?  I didn’t. From Wikipedia: 

The name code talkers is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. Code talking, however, was pioneered by Choctaw Indians serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. These soldiers are referred to as Choctaw code talkers.

Other Native American code talkers were deployed by the United States Army during World War II, including Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota,[1]Meskwaki, and Comanche soldiers. Soldiers of Basque ancestry were also used for code talking by the U.S. Marines during World War II in areas where other Basque speakers were not expected to be operating.

Today is the anniversary of D Day. 

Those of us in my generation remember it well.  It was a terrible day for many, but it was the start of the end of the war in Europe. The number of those who were there,  and those who waited for news of their loved ones, and who remember it as children are shrinking.  We are losing them everyday, it has been a long time and today’s current crop of youngsters see it as far in the past, as it actually is.  I hope the history books and the news media keep it alive and remembered in the generations to come.

From Althouse Blog we get this link so you can listen to the radio broadcast about D Day. “Experience D-Day like your grandparents did, if they weren’t in the military on June 6, 1944. Archive.org has the the complete D-Day broadcast from CBS radio.”  You may want to listen while you read the links below.

Climate Fantasy Watch, Part 1  be on the lookout for false reporting on China and CO2.

Hapless Obama And this isn’t even about the exchange. It’s from Iran :a”Delivering an address on a stage hung with a banner that read “America cannot do a damn thing,” Khamenei Wednesday sneeringly declared that Obama has abandoned military force as a tool of foreign policy.”

Deceptive Left-Wing Teachers Union Emerged as a Big Spender in Alabama’s GOP Primary  this is upsetting and interesting at the same time.

The Senate finally agrees on a partial solution to the VA problem.

We have an open door policy at the border.  I wonder how many people are dying while trying to make it to our borders, an unintended consequence of a poor policy of protecting our borders.

 

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