World War II

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80 years later, Navajo Code Talker marks group’s early days

PHOENIX (AP) — One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers says Sunday that the code based on his then-unwritten native language was the hardest thing to learn. Thomas H. Begay spoke at a Phoenix ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the elite World War II group and its code that confounded Japanese military cryptologists. Hundreds of Navajos were recruited by the U.S. Marines to serve as code talkers during […]

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Congress honors WWII hero of Iwo Jima with ultimate salute

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has given its ultimate salute to Hershel W. "Woody" Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, who died at age 98. Williams lay in honor Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, a tribute reserved for the nation's most distinguished citizens. As a young Marine corporal fighting in the Battle of Iwo Jima, Williams went ahead of his unit and eliminated a series […]

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