Last Surviving Original Code Talker, Chester Nez, Speaks During Northland College’s Indigenous Cultures Awareness Month
Indigenous Cultures Awareness Month at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin is underway, and it was kicked off in a grand way with a talk by a living hero. Chester Nez, the last surviving member of the original Navajo Code Talkers from World War II, spoke before a crowd of around 1,000 people at the college on Friday, March 1. Nez was among the original 29 Navajo Marines who developed a code within their own language to aid the war effort against the Japanese. The code remains the only unbroken code in modern warfare. Nez spoke about his experience as a Code Talker in the South Pacific at Guadalcanal and Guam.