The Comanche Nation U. S. Army Code Talkers of World War II performed with distinction in service to the United States of America while performing a most unusual method of inter-unit communications during the war against Nazi Germany. They have left a lasting legacy for the Comanche Nation, State of Oklahoma and the United States of America and contributed greatly to the victory in Europe. They helped save the lives of thousands of Allied Soldiers by using a language that was once forbidden by the United States Government, but, most importantly, was not understood by the Germans.
In late 1940, with war clouds gathering over much of the world, the U. S. Government recruited warriors of the Comanche Nation to serve in the U. S. Army. These warriors were to develop a secret code based on the Comanche language for use in the European Theater of Operations against the Third Reich. Later, they became highly-trained members of the U. S. Army 4th Signal Company, 4th Infantry Division. They developed a code using the Comanche language to communicate military inter-unit messages from the D-Day 6 June 1944 invasion on Normandy Beachhead to the War's end.
After the war's end the Code Talkers all returned home. In 2001, the Congress of the United States formally recognized the Comanche warriors for their contributions toward the victory of World War II by awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal. Their names: Charles Joyce Chibitty, Haddon "Red" Codynah, Robert Holder, Forrest Kassanavoid, Wellington "Mike" Mihecoby, Perry "Taxi" Noyobad, Clifford Ototivo, Sr., Simmons Parker, Melvin Permansu, Elgin Red Elk, Roderick Red Elk, Larry W. Saupitty, Morris "Sunrise" Tabbyyetchy and Willis Wood Yackeschi.
Technician Fifth Grade Charles Joyce Chibitty Technician Fourth Grade Haddon "Red" Codynah, Private First Class Robert Holder, Corporal Forrest Kassanavoid, Private First Class Wellington "Mike" Mihecoby, Private First Class Perry "Taxi" Noyobad, Technician Fifth Grade Clifford Ototivo Sr., Technician Fifth Grade Simmons Parker, Sergeant Melvin Permansu, Private Elgin Red Elk, Private First Class Roderick Red Elk, Private First Class Larry W. Saupitty, Technician Fourth Grade Morris "Sunrise" Tabbyyetchy, Technician Fifth Grade Willis Wood Yackeschi