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Public Talk: Silent Voices of WWII: The Navajo Code Talkers’ Vital, Secret Role in the Pacific Theater

WHEN:
Jul 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WHERE:
Bradbury Science Museum
1350 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
CONTACT:
Linda Anderman
(505) 665-9196
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Event Description

The presentor: Nancy R. Bartlit is an author, oral historian and a lecturer registered with the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities as well as the Historical Society of New Mexico. A graduate of Smith College, Bartlit majored in history. She taught Japanese students for two years in Sendai, Japan, just 13-15 years after WWII ended. She visited all four main islands of Japan. Later, she revisited Japan five times, including several visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The talk:

Silent Voices of WWII: The Navajo Code Talkers’ Vital, Secret Role in the Pacific Theater

Los Alamos World War II historian, Nancy Bartlit, will first cover, through archival and recent photographs, the development of the Navajo Code and how the “Code within a Code” was incomprehensible to Japanese as well as to other Navajos.

After a short refreshment break, the second part of the talk will detail how the U.S. Navy deployed these U.S. Marine radio men to transmit messages from the front lines, to the beaches, and then to command centers on ships. Their accurate and immediate coding and decoding hastened America’s advance across Japanese held islands—from Guadalcanal, to Tinian Island, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, which brought American forces within final striking distance of Japan in the final months of the war in the Pacific.