Iwo Jima

This is the iconic image of the American soldiers raising the American flag over Mount Suribachi. One of the soldiers helping raise the flag is a Code Talker named Ira Hayes!

This is the iconic image of the American soldiers raising the American flag over Mount Suribachi. One of the soldiers helping raise the flag is a Code Talker named Ira Hayes!

The United States knew Iwo Jima was a crucial island to capture, because once captured, the United States would win the *Pacific Wars. Thankfully, the Navajo Code Talkers recognized the importance of Iwo Jima and made it their major campaign. Six Code Talkers worked around the clock during the first two days of the battle. They managed to transmit over eight hundred messages without error. These messages contained information to help direct the entire capture. Here are some topics they transmitted messages on:

  • war tactics
  • directed gunfire
  • directed airplanes towards hidden mortars and artillery pockets
  • informed of enemy troop movements
  • attacks about to take place
  • where gunfire was being aimed
Working Hard

Working Hard

 

Another invaluable skill the Code Talkers had was to calmly relay messages under any circumstance. During a deadly battle, a Code Talker had his foot blown apart. Instead of crying for help and giving up, he set up his radio station right where he was and kept relaying messages till he passed out! Major Howard Connor once said, “Were it not for the Navajos, the marines would have never taken Iwo Jima.”

-na-as-tso-si wo-la-chee lha-cha-eh lha-cha-eh tsah-as-zih & na-as-tso-si dzeh ah-tad wol-la-chee a-chin

*The Pacific Wars were literally wars against the Japanese taking place in the Pacific Ocean.

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Comments
  1. Mr. Gurgone says:

    I really liked how you explained the need for the code talkers on the first page of your website. Good examples of how they helped win the Battle of Iwo Jima. Nice caption – “Working Hard” – Did Maddy think of that one?

  2. Mr. Gurgone says:

    Your creativity is amazing! Ha Ha!

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