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Navajo Code Talker to Speak at Campus

11/21/2011 —

Bill Toledo, a World War II Navajo Code Talker, is slated to share his experiences at Penn State DuBois at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, in Hiller Auditorium.  


Navajos, such as Toledo, were drafted as radio operators in World War II, and used their native language to communicate over the airwaves. It baffled Japanese forces.  To this day, the Navajo language is the only unbroken code in modern military history. Their unbreakable code saved thousands of lives and helped end WWII.


Toledo feels it is important to share experiences like his with new generations so that they may understand the cost of freedom and the sacrifices which were made on their behalf.


Toledo was a Navajo Code Talker for three years, from October 1942 to October 1945. He served in many engagements including the Battle of Bougainville in the British Solomon Islands, and the battles for Guam and Iwo Jima.


For more information, contact the Student Life Office at 814-375-4764. 

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