The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 July 2005

Speaking through the wind

The last surviving World War II Comanche code talker has died at a Tulsa nursing home.

Charles Chibitty was one of about twenty Comanches assigned to the Army's Signal Corps who served the Allied cause by using their native language to transmit messages to and from the front, a language that the Germans could not translate.

Other tribes participated as well; most code talkers in the Pacific theater were Navajo. The practice began during World War I, when the Choctaws provided code talkers. (Read more about them here.)

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