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December 1, 2013

Oklahoma honors Choctaw Code Talkers
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"A lot of people know about the Navajo Code Talkers, but we are talking the original. We are talking World War I Code Talkers."  

 

Oklahoma:
Oklahoma has honored an elite group of Choctaw men who played vital roles in turning the tide in World War I.

The 55-mile stretch of Highway 3 between Antlers and Broken Bow has been renamed "World War I Choctaw Code Talkers Highway."
 
 
"It is a wonderful day in history and I am so excited and the people of the Choctaw Nation are excited because this is a part of history, that cannot be written again." said Nuchi Nashoba, president of the Choctaw Code Talkers Association.

In 1917, Choctaw Indians were not citizens of the U.S. and their language was considered obsolete.

"They were punished and were sent to boarding school and then to think that language helped win the war is to me just a revelation," Nashoba said.

In World War I, Germany was decoding ally messages until Choctaw soldiers stepped in. Using the Choctaw language as a code for military messages, they made German wiretaps useless and helped bring an end to the war.

"It was so effective that we were able to win the war months ahead of time. To scholars, we probably saved over 200,000 casualties." said Choctaw Chief Gregory Pyle.
 
R.C. Pruett, Oklahoma State Representative, added his own words.
 
"To think about those young Choctaw warriors in World War I ... they made a difference and played a big role in our democracy," he said.  "Thank goodness they were available at that time, and that culture and that spirit still prevails within the Choctaw Nation."

To the Choctaw Nation, the sign and highway brings a sense of pride.

"When I pass through and I see that World War I Choctaw Code Talker Highway sign, it makes me proud," Nashoba, said.

 Nashoba, who is descended from a Choctaw Code Talker, says they have a lot more to accomplish.

"A lot of people know about the Navajo Code Talkers, but we are talking the original. We are talking World War I code talkers, so we haven't finished yet/" 

 

 

 

 

 Learn About Each Choctaw Code Talker


World War II Code Talkers
Albert Billy
Ben Carterby
Benjamin Colbert Jr
Benjamin Hampton
Calvin Wilson
George Davenport
James Edwards
Jeff Nelson
Joseph Davenport
Joseph Oklahombi
Mitchell Bobb
Noel Johnson
Pete Maytubbe
Robert Taylor
Solomon Lewis
Tobias Frazier
Otis Leader
Victor Brown
Walter Veach
Schlicht Billy
Davis Pickens
Andrew Perry
Forrester Baker


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