Thank you so all so mich for contributing to this project, http://www.geni.com/projects/Notables-of-Native-American-Background
Is especially moving to me to see the World War ll veterans honored today in the unique projects for the native American code talkers. This is through the partnership of the amazing Marvin Caulk and the dedicated hard work of Danny Franklin Drollinger. I thank you for bringing this forgotten heroism to my attention. Are there any articles or overviews you can point me to that describes the Code Talkers, how they came about, how the program worked, and it's long term effect on cryptography?
It's great that we have 88 profiles showcased but guess what. We're halfway through Native American Heritage Month and we need a LOT more profiles found on Geni and added to this "Notables" project.
Here's another list to work with
November is Native American Heritage Month
Danny has been doing some great work. We have Identified 382 Navajo Code Talkers, so he still has a ways to go.
As you can see in the related projects, we remind everyone that the Navajo were not the only Native Americans who had Code Talkers. We have the Sioux, Choctaw, Comanche and Hopi.
Also remember that I have Identified 29 Native American Medal of Honor Recipients at http://www.geni.com/projects/Native-American-Medal-of-Honor-Recipients.
You will find a short overview on the code talkers at http://www.turtletrack.org/Issues00/Co06032000/CO_06032000_Codetalk...
It's a little outrageous that it took until 1989 for these guys to be honored and recognized. Some were only 15 years old. Hope it doesn't take up 50 years.:)
Thank you for sharing the article. I uploaded it to the document repository for the project.
Do you think we should make a clickable list in the overview of these resources? Should I look for more?
When they left the Army, the were told that "The Code" was a Secret and that they were Code Talkers were also Secret. Many of thier families didn't even know of it because they did not tell them.
Clarence Wolf Guts (Eagle Elk)
PFC Clarence Wolf Guts, Sioux Code Talker (born Eagle Elk)
even asked DOD if the country needed his code talking abilities to find Osama Bin Laden.. So it seems that it did not stay his spirit.