"Of all the books on Native American service in the U.S. armed
forces, this is the best.... Readers will find the story of the
Comanche Code Talkers compelling, humorous, thought-provoking, and
inspiring." -- Tom Holm, author of Strong Hearts, Wounded Souls:
Native American Veterans of the Vietnam War
Among the allied troops that came ashore in Normandy on D-Day,
June 6, 1944, were thirteen Comanches in the 4th Infantry Division,
4th Signal Company. Under German fire they laid communications
lines and began sending messages in a form never before heard in
Europe-- coded Comanche. For the rest of World War II, the Comanche
Code Talkers played a vital role in transmitting orders and
messages in a code that was never broken by the Germans.
This book tells the full story of the Comanche Code Talkers for
the first time. Drawing on interviews with all surviving members of
the unit, their original training officer, and fellow soldiers, as
well as military records and news accounts, William C. Meadows
follows the group from their recruitment and training to their
active duty in World War II and on through their postwar lives up
to the present. He also provides the first comparison of Native
American code talking programs, comparing the Comanche Code Talkers
with their better-known Navajo counterparts in the Pacific and with
other Native Americans who used their languages, coded or not, for
secret communication. Meadows sets this history in a larger
discussion of the development of Native American code talking in
World Wars I and II, identifying two distinct forms of Native
American code talking, examining the attitudes of the American
military toward Native American codetalkers, and assessing the
complex cultural factors that led Comanche and other Native
Americans to serve their country in this way.
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