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Code Talker Kee Etsicitty

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Uploaded on Sep 14, 2009

Code Talker Kee Etsicitty talking about his experiences as a Code Talker. This was video was shot at the 2009 Navajo Nation Fair.

For those of you that don't know about the Code Talkers, they were a GROUP of UNSUNG HERO's (at least up until recently), that used a variation of their Native Navajo language to talk in code during World War II. This code was NEVER broken by the Japanese during the war. These VERY PATRIOTIC and UNSUNG hero's are almost gone with less than 20 of them remaining.

Two of the most telling moments were not captured on video. Mr. Etsicitty said that if they were caught that they was to take their side arm (45 caliber pistol) and shoot themselves so as to not compromise the code.

The second touching moment was when Mr. Etsicitty talked about being in a foxhole and hearing the bombs exploding above and around him. He was resigned to the fact that if it was his time to go, then it was his time to go, but not without shedding tears. He told me that many times he cried while in the foxhole, and talked about how LONELY it was in there.

My time on the Navajo Reservation was a very education trip for me this time. I have NEVER met such a patriotic and friendly group of people in my life. I was also VERY impressed on the PRIDE the Navajo take in their culture and heritage. I also noticed that the YOUTH always showed the UTMOST RESPECT to their elders and were always eager to embrace the traditions of the Navajo Indians.

So next time you listen to a football game and someone refers to the "hero" of the game...remember these guys...TRUE HERO's.

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