Release Date: Nov. 9, 2011
ASU to Present WWII Navajo Code Talker
Angelo State University’s Multicultural Center and Center for Security Studies will host a special presentation by Samuel Tso, a World War II Navajo code talker, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.
Tso served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a code talker from 1943-46. He will speak about his experiences at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. His presentation is open free to the public.
The Navajo Code Talkers were a small band of young warriors who created an unbreakable code from the ancient language of their people. They volunteered to become U.S. Marines, and subsequently transmitted secret communications from all the major battlefields of the Central Pacific Theater during WWII.
At a time when America’s best cryptographers were struggling to stay ahead in the intelligence and code-breaking arenas in the Pacific, these modest sheepherders and farmers were able to fashion the most ingenious and successful code in military history. They drew upon their proud warrior tradition to brave the dense jungles of Guadalcanal and the exposed beachheads of Iwo Jima. Serving with distinction in every major engagement of the Pacific Theater from 1942-46, their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war’s end.
Tso is featured on the official website of the Navajo code talkers at http://navajocodetalkers.org/.
For more information, call the Multicultural Center at 325-942-2729 or the Center for Security Studies at 325-486-6682.