Choctaw Code Talkers

Army
Inducted 2012

Choctaw Code Talkers

The U. S. Army Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I and World War II have left a lasting legacy for the Choctaw Nation, the State of Oklahoma and the United States of America. These Telephone Warriors were the very first Native Americans to use their native language on battlefields against the German Army during World War I and again, briefly, during World War II. Nineteen Choctaw Soldiers pioneered the use of Native American languages as a military code. Their exploits took place during the waning days of World War I.

The Choctaw Code Talkers' war deeds were forgotten and not spoken of because of military sensitivity until the late 1980s. The Congress of the United States has recognized their contributions during World War I and World War II, awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal.