The Comanche Code Talkers of World War II (Google eBook)

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University of Texas Press, Mar 6, 2009 - Social Science
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Among the allied troops that came ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, were thirteen Comanches in the 4th Infantry Division, 4th Signal Company. Under German fire they laid communications lines and began sending messages in a form never before heard in EuropeŚcoded Comanche. For the rest of World War II, the Comanche Code Talkers played a vital role in transmitting orders and messages in a code that was never broken by the Germans.

This book tells the full story of the Comanche Code Talkers for the first time. Drawing on interviews with all surviving members of the unit, their original training officer, and fellow soldiers, as well as military records and news accounts, William C. Meadows follows the group from their recruitment and training to their active duty in World War II and on through their postwar lives up to the present. He also provides the first comparison of Native American code talking programs, comparing the Comanche Code Talkers with their better-known Navajo counterparts in the Pacific and with other Native Americans who used their languages, coded or not, for secret communication. Meadows sets this history in a larger discussion of the development of Native American code talking in World Wars I and II, identifying two distinct forms of Native American code talking, examining the attitudes of the American military toward Native American code talkers, and assessing the complex cultural factors that led Comanche and other Native Americans to serve their country in this way.

  

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Contents

The Origins of Native American Code Talking
1
Native American Servicemen and Code Talkers in World War II
35
Get him back on that scale and weigh him again
73
Utekwapa naka I hear what you say
121
Fighting Posataiboo Crazy White Man
135
Numurekwaetuu Comanche Speakers
173
Members of Company E 142d Infantry Thirtysixth Division World War I
215
World War I Choctaw Code Talkers
217
Combat Narrative of the Fourth Infantry Division
222
Fourth Infantry Division Campaign June 6 1944 to May 8 1945
225
Fourth Signal Company Activities 19401945
231
Glossary of Comanche Code Terms
235
Known Native American Code Talkers of World Wars I and II Tribes Group Size Form of Code Talking and Military Units
241
NOTES
243
BIBLIOGRAPHY
263
INDEX
277

Organization of the Fourth Infantry Division 19411945
219

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Page 268 - US Bureau of the Census, Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930: The Indian Population of the United States and Alaska, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1937.

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About the author (2009)

WILLIAM C. MEADOWS is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana State University.

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