Remaining members of an elite Marine Corps unit that served during WWII will visit New York City this week and participate in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade. Thirteen veterans who served as Navajo Code Talkers will travel to New York to be honored for their service, and to help raise money and interest in a museum dedicated to their war efforts.
Nearly 400 Code Talkers once worked to deliver coded messages which were communicated in their native Navajo language. Only about 50 of them are still alive today and many live in the Navajo Nation – a reservation that encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The Code Talkers are credited with contributing an invaluable service to the war effort, but have only recently been honored with congressional medals.