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Adam Adkins put the role of the Navajo Code Talkers in World War II when he said Intelligence is an offensive weapon one which searches out the vulnerable points again and again until they to are made weak The only defense against intelligence is security and no form of security is more effective or important than communications security Adkins 319 The importance of being able to communicate with one another without the enemy knowing what is being said is very valuable to the war effort They allowed us to communicate without the threat of being heard The idea of using Native Americans as a way to communicate without being heard actually had its roots in World War I The 142nd Infantry felt that the Germans had tapped their telephone communications near the end of the war Due to very primitive form of coding messages and the time it took to send a message in code and then to UN-code the message this was not a very effective form of Communicating So one Choctaw Indian named Mose Bellmard who was serving in the 142nd offered his native language as a way to communicate The first time they used the Language the order was to move troops from one village to another therefore surprising the Germans and the campaign was a success Adkins 323 The idea of using the Navajos in this same capacity came from a man named Philip Johnston Johnston was the son of a Protestant missionary who served on the Navajo Reservations He first moved to the reservation at the age of four by way of the wagon in 1896 He was a Civil Engineer in Los Angeles when World War II broke out McCoy 68 He was aware of the armys use of the Choctaw Indians in World War I so he came up with an idea to use the Navajo language as a form of communicating He first approached
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