Navajo code talkers' role in World War II talk at UWP

March 17, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-The true story of the Navajo code talkers' role during World War II and their contributions to winning the war will be told at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in the University Room of the Pioneer Student Center.

Guest presenter is Zonnie Gorman, who grew up in the midst of American heroes, one of whom was her own father.

Gorman's father, Dr. Carl Gorman was one of the original 29 Navajo code talkers recruited for World War II. At 35, he was the oldest code talker in the group.

The code talkers created an unbreakable code using the Dine' (Navajo) language. The code wasn't revealed until 1968, when the military declassified the secret.

Gorman was a consultant and interviewed for national and international documentaries about the code talkers on the history channel's first one-hour documentary on the subject in 1998. She was interviewed for their more recent programs, which were made following this summer's release of the movie "Windtalkers."

Gorman has been researching the code talkers since 1989 and recently attended a ceremony where President Bush awarded Congressional medals to four of the surviving code talkers.

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