You’ll love the Marine Corps hymn sung by this Navajo code talker



Happy birthday, U.S. Marine Corps, from Navajo code talker and Marine Veteran Thomas Begay.

Earlier this year, The American Veteran had the opportunity to sit down Begay at his childhood home in New Mexico. The Battle of Iwo Jima Veteran spoke of his experiences joining the classified code talker program during World War II.

Begay recalled arriving at his first Marine Corps assignment.

“I walked in and there were all kind of Navajos. I didn’t know [any] of them. I looked at my orders and said ‘I must be in the wrong place I was supposed to go to gunnery school.’”

“There was a Sergeant,” Begay shared. “Sir, I’m supposed to go to gunnery school, Marine air craft.”

“No,” he said, “you are in code talker school. It’s confidential, nobody knows about it.”

Begay shares his story with us in the new episode of VA’s The American Veteran. Watch it here or watch the full episode on VA’s YouTube channel.

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Megan Moloney

— Megan joined VA in May 2013. She is the daughter, granddaughter and spouse of Army and Navy Veterans who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Comments

  1. Joseph A. Chaplow    

    The Marine Code Talker singing the Marine Corps Hymn was extremely emotional for me!

  2. GORDON FOUTS    

    OUTSTANDING – ALL THE MAINE EMOTIONS ARE IN HIS PRESENTATION.

  3. Walter Beach    

    May God bless you and all the code talkers for your courage and patriotism while serving our nation.

  4. Dorothy McGary    

    Thank you, may God bless you and Semper Fi

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