Carlsbad Historical Society
The Navajo Code Talkers
By Gregory Maestas
There were approximately 400-500 Native Americans in the United States Marine Corps whose primary job was the transmission of secret tactical messages. Code talkers transmitted these messages over military telephone or radio communications nets using formal or informally developed codes built upon their native languages. Their service improved communications in terms of speed of encryption at both ends in front line operations during World War II.
Mr. Maestas is vice-chairman of the Navajo Code Talker Memorial Foundation in Mesa California.
Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community
Sunday February 23, at 2pm
South meeting room