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Navajo Code Talkers

In May of Nineteen forty-two
The first of those Talkers came to be
At Camp Pendleton, California
They formed that special "Dictionary".

During the First World War
When the Choctaw was used some
A white man raised on the Rez
Thought Navajo might be the one.

He'd served in the First War
And he knew we'd sought a way
To send messages amongst the Troops
That no one else knew how to say.

A code in an unwritten language
With no symbols or letter
That only those who spoke it knew
So, what else could be better?

Twenty nine Navajo recruits
Created each new cryptic word
Of Military terms and phrases
Not understood when they were heard.

The Talkers had to memorize
Each and every word to be used
Knowing they had the important task
Of keeping the enemy confused.

What took machines thirty minutes
Just twenty seconds with their Code
And those who knew Cryptology
Recognized this new inroad.

Around four hundred Navajo
Were a part of this unique plan
To speak and send those messages
Which only they could understand.

They were Marines of a special kind
And one of the Generals said
Without the Code Talkers expertise
Iwo would have been lost, instead.

There were many other Victories
Some, we'll probably hear about
Probably, many more lives saved
They served the Corps well, without doubt.

There's an exhibit at the Pentagon
Now that their story can be known
It was secret for so many years
And now our gratitude must be shown.

There were really up to twenty Tribes
And each served in an important way
To help preserve those Liberties
That each of us enjoy today.

-© Copyright 2007 : Del 'Abe' Jones

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