2018 Albuquerque Wall of Fame Ceremony

Mayor Tim Keller to Induct Navajo Code Talkers


This event has already happened.
Oct 26, 2018
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM


Rotunda, Alvarado Transportation Center
100 First St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Join Mayor Tim Keller and ABQ RIDE in honoring the Navajo (Diné) Code Talkers as the sixth-ever inductees into Albuquerque's Wall of Fame.

The Navajo Code Talkers are unsung heroes of World War Two; natives of the Four Corners area who were quietly recruited into the Marines after Pearl Harbor to use their knowledge of Navajo to craft a code so undecipherable, it would never be broken by the Japanese. This, despite having been punished for speaking Navajo while in school.

The first 29 recruits helped create a code with more than 200 words for military terms that even uninitiated Navajo speakers could not understand. Their speed and accuracy with messages under combat conditions (20 seconds for three lines in English as opposed to 30 minutes with machines) helped the Allies win such battles as Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. One Signal officer said the Marines would've never taken Iwo Jima without the Code Talkers.

They remained unsung heroes until 1968, when the program was finally declassified. They all received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2001.




Rick DeReyes-Public Information Officer-ABQ RIDE