Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila – Code Talker

The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII.

His name wasnt Chester Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didnt stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength – both physical and mental – to excel as a marine.

During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare – and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.

Author: Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
Narrator: David Colacci
Duration: 9 hours 36 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2012
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

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This is an absolutely great audiobook. I have not known until now, how essential the code talkers were for the victory against Japan. It is an absolute must to read or listen too.