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Navajo Code Talkers honored on 75th anniversary of WWII
Thursday, August 15, 2019
 
More than 150 youth members of the Young Marines from across the country gathered in Window Rock, Arizona, to honor and learn from the Navajo Code Talkers from WWII.
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Angela M. Maness named to Board of Directors of the Young Marines
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
 
The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines announce a new board member – Angela M. Maness. She serves as the Senior Vice Commandant of her Marine Corps League Detachment and the 1st Vice President of the Women Marines Association.
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David S. Jonas named General Counsel of the Young Marines
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
 
The members of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines announce a new General Counsel – Young Marines board member David S. Jonas, a Partner at FH+H law firm in Tysons, Virginia.
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Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California, named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
 
The Young Marines announced the 2019 - 2020 National Young Marine of the Year – YM/SgtMaj Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California.
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North San Diego Young Marines named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’
Monday, May 20, 2019
 
North San Diego Young Marines in Vista, California named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’. The announcement was made May 18, at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Orlando, Florida.
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DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena awards to six units of the Young Marines
Thursday, May 16, 2019
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award. The award honors six units, one award per division, for drug demand reducti
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Young Marines board member William J. Walker honored as ‘Man of the Year'
Thursday, May 2, 2019
 
Major General William J. Walker, a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines, was honored as “Leo High School Alumni Association’s Man of the Year” for 2019.
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Young Marines Announces $2.2M in Scholarships at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security for Young Marines Alumni
Thursday, March 14, 2019
 
Any young adult who was in the Young Marines or a veteran volunteer who has a bachelor’s degree can apply for one of the 40 full-time scholarships being offered from the DMGS.
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Young Marines Proudly Join America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program
Thursday, March 7, 2019
 
The Young Marines is a member of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, designed to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families for their service, valor, and sacrifice.
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Young Marines names ‘Division Young Marines of the Year’
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
 
The Young Marines has named six winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year.” The winners will vie for the title of “National Young Marine of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference in May.
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Young Marines in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
 
Young Marines participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and led the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii.
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Young Marines raises money to ‘Strengthen the Lives of America’s Youth’ at annual golf tournament
Thursday, October 25, 2018
 
The Young Marines raised $45,000 at its annual golf tournament held September 24, at the Medal of Honor Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
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Two Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships
Monday, October 1, 2018
 
Young Marines SgtMaj Tyson Henry, of East Valley Young Marines, and Young Marines MGySgt William J. Daniels, Quartz Hill Young Marines were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Young Marines Honor Navajo Code Talkers
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
 
More than 100 Young Marines from across the country traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for the annual National Navajo Code Talkers Day on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The event recognizes the Navajo men who joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I
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Navajo Code Talkers honored on 75th anniversary of WWII
Thursday, August 15, 2019
 

Young Marines youth member escorts Navajo Code Talker from WWIIMore than 150 youth members of the Young Marines, a national youth education and service program, from across the country gathered in Window Rock, Arizona, to honor and learn from the Navajo Code Talkers from WWII.

Every year on August 14th, the Navajo Nation celebrates an elite group of World War II veterans - the Navajo Code Talkers. These remarkable patriots served their country by transmitting top-secret messages across enemy lines using the Navajo language as code - the only code unbroken by the Japanese in World War II. To date, only five of these veterans remain.

Since 2006, the Young Marines have traveled to Arizona each year to celebrate the Navajo Code Talkers and to meet the few remaining survivors in person.

The Navajo Code Talkers’ story has been top secret for years, but the Young Marines help to keep their legacy alive.

“Navajo Code Talkers Day is an event that the Young Marines and the Navajo Code Talkers look forward to every year," said Brenda McNulty, Young Marines event coordinator. "Our partnership between the descendants of the Navajo Code Talkers and the Young Marines has strengthened year after year since 2006. It is a collaborative effort in which both parties create a successful event for everyone to enjoy.”

The Young Marines participate for three days on the Navajo reservation. They escort the Navajo Code Talkers during Navajo Code Talker Day also participate in a parade, a trail run and clean up, community service at a zoo, and museum education. It is a jammed-packed three days of education and service.

"Just being around these exceptional veterans make us feel as though we could take a step back in time," said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. "The Young Marines are assuring the legacy of these very special veterans. They will not be forgotten."

About the Navajo Code Talkers

Navajo Code Talkers Monumnet in Window Rock, AZThe Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They transmitted messages by telephone and radio in their native language, a code that the Japanese never broke.

The idea to use Navajo for secure communications came from Philip Johnston, the son of a missionary to the Navajos and one of the few non-Navajos who spoke their language fluently. Johnston, brought up on the Navajo reservation, was a World War I veteran who knew of the military's search for a code that would withstand all attempts to decipher it.

Johnston believed Navajo answered the military requirement for an undecipherable code because Navajo is an unwritten language of extreme complexity. Its syntax and tonal qualities, not to mention dialects, make it unintelligible to anyone without extensive exposure and training. It has no alphabet or symbols and is spoken only on the Navajo lands of the American Southwest. Less than 30 non-Navajos, none of them Japanese, could understand the language at the outbreak of World War II.

Early in 1942, Johnston met with Major General Clayton B. Vogel, the commanding general of Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet, and his staff to convince them of the Navajo language's value as code. Johnston staged tests under simulated combat conditions, demonstrating that Navajos could encode, transmit, and decode a three-line English message in 20 seconds. Machines of the time required 30 minutes to perform the same job.

In May 1942, the first 29 Navajo recruits attended boot camp. Then, at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, this first group created the Navajo code. They developed a dictionary and numerous words for military terms. The dictionary and all code words had to be memorized during training, so there was nothing in writing to fall into the wrong hands.

Once a Navajo code talker completed his training, he was sent to a Marine unit deployed in the Pacific theater. The code talkers' primary job was to talk, transmitting information on tactics and troop movements, orders and other vital battlefield communications over telephones and radios.

The Navajos won praise for their skill, speed and accuracy.

"Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima," said Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer.

Connor had six Navajo code talkers working around the clock during the first two days of the battle. Those six sent and received over 800 messages, all without error.

The Japanese, who were skilled code breakers, remained baffled by the Navajo language. The Japanese chief of intelligence, Lieutenant General Seizo Arisue, said that while they were able to decipher the codes used by the U.S. Army and Army Air Corps, they never cracked the code used by the Marines.

In 1942, there were about 50,000 Navajo tribe members. As of 1945, about 540 Navajos served as Marines, 420 of those as code talkers. The rest served in other capacities as well as hundreds more serving in the other branches of the military.

Navajo code talkers remained potentially valuable even after the war. For that reason, the code talkers, whose skill and courage saved both American lives and military engagements, only recently earned recognition from the government and the public.

In 1982, the code talkers were given a Certificate of Recognition by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who also named August 14, 1982, as "Navajo Code Talkers Day."

The Code Talker Recognition Act of 2007 recognizes every code talker who served in the United States military with a Congressional Gold Medal for his tribe and a silver medal duplicate to each code talker.

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 264 units with 8,500 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: https://www.YoungMarines.com.

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Media Contact: Andy Richardson
Ginny Richardson Public Relations
arichardson@gr-pr.com or 630-789-8899

 
MISSION The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. MOTTO Strengthening the lives of America's youth
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