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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary. Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima in 1945.
Growing up, they had been told not to speak their language, but as young soldiers in a country at war, men like Charles Chibitty and Teddy Draper, Sr., found their words were their mightiest weapons.
Code Talker textile, c.2003 by Helen Begay
Toledo Cousins, Navajo Code Talkers, 1943, National Archives
FLAGSTAFF -- Keith Little, one of the most recognizable faces of the Navajo Code Talkers, has died.
Students from Chandler, Gilbert and Phoenix writing to the theme, "Veterans, Our Resilient Heroes," took top honors in the VA Veterans Day Parade Essay Contest.
Tornados are devastating the country and I have yet to hear from our president. Where is the help for all the citizens in the southeast? Where is FEMA?
I was born in Arizona on June 8, 1997. Over the past 13 years, I have been all over the state with the Boy Scouts and on family trips. I have lived in Arizona my whole life. I have traveled everywhere from the Grand Canyon to the Mexican border. Because I have seen and experienced this great state, I’m qualified to write about Arizona pride.
Maxine Wadsworth’s father never told her that he was among 10 members of the Hopi Tribe who served as code talkers during World War II. It wasn’t until she spoke with another code talker that she learned about Orville Wadsworth’s role.
This undated image provided by Virginia June, shows Allen Dale June, who is one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers.
Allen Dale June, one of the 29 original Navajo Code Talkers who confounded the Japanese during World War II by transmitting messages in their native language, has died. He was 91.
We've all gotten them -- e-mails that breathlessly report that some important event or fact is being covered up by the government, the media or both and urge the recipient to pass on this vital information.
WINDOW ROCK — Lemuel Bahe Yazzie, a member of the Navajo Code Talkers who confounded the Japanese during World War II by transmitting messages in their native language, has died. He was 91.
Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, wants Congress to urge the NCAA to adopt a college football playoff system.
Navajo Code Talkers are coming to New York City to participate for the first time in the nation's largest Veterans Day parade.
Aside from a shortened route, it may be difficult for people to tell the difference between this year's once-endangered Gilbert Days parade from others in recent memory.
FLAGSTAFF -- As members of an elite group of Navajo Marines approach their 90s, they know there's little time left to tell the story about how they used their native language to confound the Japanese during World War II.
WINDOW ROCK -- Funeral services were being held Friday for a member of the Navajo Code Talkers.
PHOENIX - Thomas H. Begay’s shirt blends in with those of nearly three dozen other Navajo men in gold and orange as they stare at a bronze statue of a crouched Marine holding a radio to his ear.
Peter MacDonald, former Navajo Nation chairman and a Marine Corps code talker during World War II, with Jonathea D. Tso, Miss Navajo Nation, at right, attend a ceremony Thursday. (Cronkite News Service Photo/Lauren Proper)
Joe Morris of Barstow, Calif., a Navajo who served as a Marine Corps code talker, poses Thursday in front of a new statue honoring code talkers outside the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. (Cronkite News Service Photo/Lauren Proper)
It may have been a new venue and a new show, but for Citrus Valley Playhouse it was a distressingly familiar sight.