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National Archives Identifier: 6439400, President of the Navajo Code Talkers, left, Joe Garza, ceremony chairman, center, and the vice-president of the Code Talkers present the commandant of the Marine Corps GEN. Alfred M. Gray Jr. with a copy of the Navajo Code Talkers Marine Corps hymn, 02/20/1988

Code Talkers

Subject Files and Photographs

Subject files and photographs capture the administration, management, and tasks related to and/or involving Code Talkers during World War I and World War II. Many of these records are not available online. For additional information about these records, click on the National Archives Identifier number.

Subject Files

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Lt. Ernest Childers, a Creek, being congratulated by Gen. Jacob L. Devers after receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor in Italy for wiping out two machine gun nests, 07/13/1944 National Archives Identifier: 535783

Subject Files typically compile records on a variety of topics into a single record series, arranged alphabetically by subject heading. "Code Talkers" is one of the many subject headings that could be found in this type of series. The following are two examples.

"Navajo Code Talkers," Subject Files Relating to World War II, c. 1920-1955

This file is part of a larger group of records from the Marine Corps. Visit the National Archives Catalog for the full archival records description and contact information: National Archives Identifier 785109. These records have not yet been digitized.

Use of American Indians as Communication Linguists, 1943-1944

This file is part of a larger group of records relating to intelligence. General topics include codes and ciphers (allied, enemy, and neutral nations); signals equipment; history of intelligence activities; code breaking by the allies; code breaking by the enemy; captured documents; military operations; interrogations; and personalities. Visit the National Archives Catalog for the full archival description and contact information: National Archives Identifier 2765793.

Photographs

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Secretary Gale Norton viewing Native American exhibit, alongside World War II Marine Corps veterans of Navajo Code Talker fame, including Teddy Draper, to Norton s left. Photograph was selected for use in preparation of Department of Interior video on Norton tenure, 02/07/2002 National Archives Identifier: 5609915

The National Archives holds photographs of Code Talkers from World Wars I and II, as well as later memorial events.

Photographs of Navajo Indian "Code-Talkers" in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-1948

These photographs originated with the U.S. Marine Corps, but were compiled by the Defense Audiovisual Agency (DAVA) in the early 1980s. The photographs document Navajo Indian Code Talkers during World War II as they served in various capacities during the war.

Visit the National Archives Catalog for the full archival description and contact information: National Archives Identifier 532395.

Contact the National Archives at Riverside for Navajo Area Office records that relate to Code Talkers
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