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Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code

A Navajo Code Talker's Story

Book - 2018
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"As a boy, Chester Nez was taught his native language and culture were useless, but he was later called on to use his Navajo language to help create an unbreakable military code during WWII"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, [2018]
ISBN: 9780807500071
Call Number: j Facts 940.5486 B8878c 2018
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Navajo code talker's story


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Grade 2-5. As a boy, Chester Nez was sent to a boarding school where he was forced to speak English. But he refused to abandon his Native culture, and later in life, the Navajo language he retained in secret, helped him and other Navajo Code Talkers create an unbreakable military code used by the... Read More »

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PimaLib_SWBooks Jan 03, 2020

Betoli was sent off to boarding school at age 8 in 1929. The missionaries renamed him Chester and cut off his hair. They told him and all of the other Native American children to speak only English. WWII began and Chester joined the Marines. He served in Platoon 382, which was made up of Navajo soldiers who were asked to create an unbreakable code to use in communications between ships, airplanes and Marines. A portion of the Navajo code is included in the back matter of the book. -Ann Dickinson, Southwest Books of the Year 2019, Pima County Public Library


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