President Ronald Reagan designated August 14 as Navajo Code Talkers Day on July 28, 1982, reported our partners at KUSA.
Reagan said the day was dedicated to ""all members of the Navajo Nation and to all Native Americans who gave their special talents and their lives so that others might live."
The Navajo Code Talkers were a vital part of the victory, using the Navajo language to send scrambled code among the Allied forces. It is often considered the only spoken code to have never been cracked.
"When called upon to serve the United States, [the Navajo Nation] contributed a precious commodity never before used in this way. In the midst of the fighting in the Pacific during World War II, a gallant group of men from the Navajo Nation utilized their language in coded form to help speed the Allied victory."
According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the Code Talkers served in all six Marine divisions and took part in every assault by Marines in the Pacific during WWII from 1942 to 19945.
"The dedication and unswerving devotion to duty shown by the men of the Navajo Nation," Reagan said the proclamation, "should serve as a fine example for all Americans."