Documentary Follows Navajo Code Talkers As They Return To WWII Battlefields

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Credit: Starbright Media
Above: A screenshot from the documentary "Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance" of a group of Navajo code talkers featured in the film.

One of the longest-held secrets of World War II involved Native American soldiers and the code that was developed using the unwritten Navajo language. The secret code was used to transmit messages about U.S. operations in the Pacific. Japanese forces were unable to crack it.

A new documentary screening in San Diego Wednesday followed members of the Navajo Nation who served in WWII as they returned to major battlefields in the Pacific. The Navajo code talkers were trained and learned the secret code in San Diego.

George Colburn, producer and director of the film, "Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance," and Matthew Schiff with the San Diego History Center discuss the legacy of the Navajo code talkers, Wednesday on Midday Edition.

When: Wednesday 5:30-7:45 p.m.

Where: San Diego History Center in Balboa Park

Cost: $5-$10