News : Last Living Navajo Code Talker to Share His Story

Aug 13, 2013

From the Seacoast Online,

By Charles McMahon,

The last surviving member of the original Navajo Code Talkers from World War II will visit the city for a special fund-raiser at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

Chester Nez, one of 29 members of the original group, will share his experiences at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the downtown theater. Proceeds from the event will go to Veterans Count, an Easter Seals New Hampshire program that aids New Hampshire military service members and their families.

Nez and the other code talkers developed a code within their native Navajo language to aid U.S. military forces in the war effort against the Japanese. The code is known as the only remaining unbroken code in modern warfare.

"We never thought it would work, but we developed a code that the Japanese could not understand," he said.

Nez will speak about his experiences in the South Pacific at Guadalcanal and Guam.

The conversation will be moderated by local filmmaker Chase Bailey, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Bailey served from 1967 to 1971, including duty in the Vietnam War.

"Meeting and talking with another Marine who we studied in boot camp, and came to revere, will be nothing short of fantastic," Bailey said. "Both my father and father-in-law served in the military. I love veterans and what they have done for our country and am honored to play a role in sharing the importance of the code talkers with the public."

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