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 Volume 4  February 2011

Guitar dedicated to WWII Navajo Code Talkers -
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Navajo Code Talkers at Camp Pendelton

California: Shonie De La Rosa has created a custom made guitar dedicated to the Navajo Navajo Code Talkers of WWII. De La Rosa was inspired by these heroes who used the Navajo language as an unbreakable code during the most intense conflicts in World War II.

Only four Navajo Code Talker guitars will be built, one for each of the tribe's four traditional cardinal directions.

The first guitar was presented last month at the Native American Pavilion during a national Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, Calif.  Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday made a special appearance to sign the guitar.

After the show, the guitar was returned to the Navajo Nation and signed by the rest of the surviving Navajo Code Talkers.  It will be donated to the Navajo Code Talkers Museum in Window Rock. There, it will be showcased to honor the Navajo Code Talkers'  service, dedication, and sacrifices made for their country during World War  II.

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