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Story of the Navajo code talkers during World War II

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President Donald Trump (R) with, from left to right, Fleming Begaye Sr., Thomas Begay, and Peter MacDonald, each of whom served as Navajo Code Talkers in World War II.
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  • Navajo Code Talkers played an instrumental role in the allied victory of World War II.
  • The group of Native Americans used their language as a code that proved to be uncrackable to the enemy.
  • One of the last surviving members of the group died earlier this week.

One of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers — a group of Native Americans who played an instrumental role in the defeat of Japan during World War II — had died, according to the Associated Press.

Alfred K. Newman was 94. He had served as a Marine between 1943 and 1945.

The Navajo “code talkers” were recruited during the second World War to help communicate messages on the battlefield. Their language, which at the time was still unwritten, proved to be an uncrackable code.

Here is the remarkable story of the Navajo code talkers, helped the United States win World War II.

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