About Charles Joyce Chibitty, Comanche Code Talker
Charles Joyce Chibitty (November 20, 1921 – July 20, 2005) was a Comanche Numunu code talker, who spoke in his native language to relay messages for the United States Army during the European Theatre of World War II.
Chibitty was born outside of Medicine Park, Oklahoma, a city located 14 miles north-west of Lawton. A student at the Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas, he constantly heard reports concerning the rise of Nazi Germany throughout Europe, and his parents granted him permission to enlist in the United States Army on December 26, 1941.
The United States Army was searching for Comanche Indians to serve as code talkers in the European Theatre, in order to relay messages to U.S. Forces in order prevent Germans from deciphering the messages. Chibitty served in the Sixth Army Signal Company in the 4th Infantry Division, and survived the Battle of Normandy. He earned the World War II Victory Medal, the European Theater of Operations Victory Medal with five Bronze Stars, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Also Combat Infantryman Badge.
In 1989, Chibitty and Comanche code talkers Roderick Red Elk and Forrest Kassanavoid were presented with the Chevalier of the Ordre National du Mérite, and named Knights of the National Order of Merit by the French government. However, the role of Comanche code talkers in World War II was not recognized by the United States until 1999, in which Chibbity received the Knowlton Award from The Pentagon as the last surviving Comanche code talker.
Chibitty died due to diabetes complications on July 20, 2005, in a Tulsa Area hospital He is buried at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Charlie was attached to the 6th Army Signal Corps, and was forward troop to redeem German concentration camps.