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.”