Died one of the last encoder in the language of the Navajo


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At the age of 94 years died one of the last native speakers of Navajo Indians served by the encoder during the Second world war.

Alfred K. Newman (Alfred K. Newman), one of the last experts on the codes of the Navajo, died in a nursing home in new Mexico. He and other native speakers of Navajo, passed on secret messages that were never deciphered by the enemy.

In childhood Alfred Newman attended the boarding school, which was forbidden to the Indian students to speak their native language. However, this complex language was vital for the United States during the Second world war. When the Japanese hacked secret military codes of the United States, the armed forces appealed to the representatives of the people of the Navajo nation that they encode important transmission.

Newman enlisted in the Marines in 1943 after the attack on pearl Harbor. He served on GUAM and Iwo Jima. Because the Navajo language didn’t have words like “tank”, the Indians called them turtles. The bombs were transmitted as “potatoes”. After demobilization Newman worked as a munitions inspector at the mine.