Navajo Code Talkers

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has designated National Navajo Code Talkers Day as an official state holiday. It recognizes the hundreds of tribal members who used their native language to send unbreakable codes during World War II. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Friday is national Navajo Code Talkers Day. Officials are recognizing the more than 400 soldiers who used their language during World War II to create an unbreakable code and help turn the tide of the war.

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One of last surviving Navajo Code Talkers died in New Mexico Friday morning following health complications. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Joe Vandever Senior was 96 years old.


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