Our local Bemis Public Library, officially known as the Edwin A. Bemis Public Library is a wonderful resource for our residents. The library has a variety of speakers and presentations that are of interest to our residents.
In March 2015, Bud Jenkyns, a historian, actor and Marine presented, “The Native American Codetalkers of WW II.” At this event, Libby Bortz Assisted Living provided refreshments for the group which included some of our residents.
From Bud, we learned that there were over 400 Native American code talkers of World War II, primarily Navajo, whose main job was the transmission of secret tactical messages using codes built upon their native languages. The code talkers took part in every battle the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942-1945. The code talkers were praised for their skill, speed and accuracy throughout the war. The Japanese, who were skilled code breakers, never cracked the Navajo code used by the Marines. Bud Jenkyns served in the Marine Corps and has met the original code talkers.
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