Code Talker

Joseph Burchac


Code Talker is about a boy named Kii Yazhi who has to leave the comfort of his home to go to a school to a church school to speak English. He is given a new name, Ned Begay, and clothes. He is forbidden to speak his native language Navajo. When he turns 16 his is recruited to join the Marines. He enlists and goes to a boot camp. He than discovers that his Navajo language that he has been using secretly is a secret language that the US is using in the war against Japan. Ned uses his native language to save countless of American lives and all of his experiences change him forever.


I learned that the Navajo code talkers took part in every salut that the U.S. Marines took part in the pacific from 1942-1945. They transmitted messages by telephone and radio using there language. Phillip Johnston is the one that came up with the idea of using Navajo for their secure language. In May 1942, the first recruiters came to the Navajo boot camp. Than at Camp Pendleton, the first group created the Navajo code. They developed a dictionary with all most of the military terms. The dictionary and all code words had to be memorized during training.
Navajo Code Talkers Dictionary

Here is the dictionary that the code talkers used.


The theme of the story is courage. I think it is courage because Ned leave his home when he is 6 to go to a completely different country and school. He also got different clothes and learned a new language. When he was 16 he joined the marines and became a code talker. He was in many battles and saved many peoples lives. That is why I think the theme is courage.


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3. "Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two Paperback – July 6, 2006." Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two: Joseph Bruchac: 9780142405963: Books. Web. 18 Dec. 2014. <>.