Many veterans live in New Mexico, especially during the second world war. There are 170, 699 veterans and one of them we want to talk about is Thomas Begay. Thomas is one of the very few Navajos who were recruited as Navajo Code talkers during the Second World War. At that time, the communication was happening through radio. They were using their language. Begay says that they were formulating some codes by using their mouths.
Second World War
Thomas Begay has worked as a Navajo Code talker both for Korean War and Second World War. He says that he served in the battle of Iwo Jima and this was for 38 days and he served from February 17th to March 17th, 1945. He served for the 5th Division in the US Marine. So, he was a part of the unit, and he was responsible for relaying and making encrypted codes.
These secret messages are significant and important since they were predicting the movements of the troops. These messages helped in defeating the enemies. He later explained how he and his team were working to come up with codes. They were using names of the things, and they were making codes in their Navajo language. For example, they were addressing the planes involved in the war as the names of the birds in the Navajo language.
Begay also says that the codes he and his team created were very strong. These codes were never decoded by anyone else. Hence, they were unbroken throughout the Second World War. Leave about others, and even Navajos were not able to decipher the code. He also says that he and his team members were sending over 800 coded messages. The best part is none of them were with mistakes. His team was the one that provided enough messages and communicated with the US Marine Corps assigned at South Pacific.
Later, Navajo Begay’s son named Ronald Begay continued the work of his father for military service. The son followed his father and served as a soldier. The younger begay took the position as US Airborne Ranger.
During the ceremony of annual veterans, both father and son were present. It was held at New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park on November 11th, Veterans Day. For these people, this event is nothing but a commemoration of people they liked and people who fought for the freedom of their country.
These Navajo’s served their best for the country. They worked their best as wind talkers. It was not an easy job, and every movement of the military depends on their message. Their messages played a major role in winning against enemies. As Begay says, the wind talkers always provided very helpful messages, and their code was unbroken.
Hence, wind talkers were the ones who played a major role in communication that was needed during the Second World War. The messages sent by them were never able to decode by others, and they used their Navajo language to form their messages.