The Navajo Code Talkers – Sunday February 23, at 2pm

Carlsbad Historical Society

2014 Lectures

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.

The history of these events was covered in the movie Windtalkers, a 2002 American war film directed and produced by John Woo, and starring Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater.

 

Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community

Sunday February 23, at 2pm

South meeting room

 

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The Carlsbad Historical Society was established in 1975 to preserve, promote, and enhance knowledge of the surrounding area's history, significant landmarks, institutions and memorabilia. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to reaching out to the community through educational as well as social events.
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