Navajo Code Talkers' Silver Ceremony, 2001 | by Michael Gorman
Image size is 12" x 12" (30.48 x 30.48 cm)
on 14 x 14 paper [approx] (35.56 x 35.56 cm)
Add Matting +$25.00 - Photo will be placed in a 16x16 double mat signed by Michael Gorman, ready to place into a frame of the same size.
Add Frame +$150.00 - Photo will be double matted and signed by Michael Gorman and placed into a anodized black metal frame by Neilson with non-glare/UV protection acrilic (Please allow additional time for delivery - +2-3 weeks) *ORDERS PLACED by DECEMBER 4th can be framed and arrive before December 24th
Gorman Hall & Navajo Nation Capitol - Window Rock, Arizona
On May 4th, 1942 twenty-nine Navajo men aging from 15 to 35 were sworn into the Marine Corps for “Special duty”. These men – coming from the boarding school generation of English only policies for Native American children - would be asked to develop a code using their Navajo language. The code they developed remains the only verbal U.S. military code never to be broken. By the war’s end, some 400+ Navajos had been trained as Code Talkers fighting in every battle from Guadalcanal through the Occupation of Japan.
In 2001, 56 years after the end of the war, the Navajo Code Talkers finally recieved national honors and decorations. 29 specially minted Congressional Gold Medals were bestowed upon the 'First Twenty-Nine' and approximately 375 Congressional Silver Medals were created for the Navajos who followed them, graduated the Navajo Code Talker School and had been given the designation "MOS 642-Code Talker".
Different from the Congressional Medal of Honor, The Congressional Gold and Silver Medals are among the most distinguished awards Congress can bestow. Each medal is uniquely designed for the recipient, then sculpted and struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
The front of the medal features two Code Talkers communicating a radio message. Centered along the top of the medal is the inscription "NAVAJO CODE TALKERS." Centered along the bottom is "BY ACT OF CONGRESS 2000." The reverse bears the Navajo Code Talkers emblem with "USMC," the Marine Corps emblem and "WWII" centered along the top of the medal. Centered along the bottom is the inscription "Diné Bizaad Yee Atah Naayéé' Yik'eh Deesdlíí" - meaning "The Navajo language was used to defeat the enemy."