Chief Sponsor: Jani Iwamoto

House Sponsor: Christine F. Watkins


9     General Description:
10          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes and honors
11     the legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This resolution:
14          ▸     recognizes and honors the Navajo Code Talkers' legacy for their extraordinary
15     contribution to the nation; and
16          ▸     designates August 14, 2019, as "Navajo Code Talkers Day" in the state of Utah.
17     Special Clauses:
18          None

20     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
21          WHEREAS, Navajo Code Talkers, from Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, saved
22     thousands of lives and helped win World War II in the Pacific Theater by using a top secret
23     code that used the Navajo language to transmit messages;
24          WHEREAS, the enemy was breaking military codes in use until the Navajo Code was
25     introduced;
26          WHEREAS, during World War II, these modest young Navajo men fashioned from the
27     Navajo language the only military code in modern history that was never broken by an enemy;

28          WHEREAS, armed with special top secret training, these men developed over 600
29     Navajo Code words to transmit the top secret messages;
30          WHEREAS, the Navajo Code Talkers' messages were transmitted to the front lines,
31     beach command posts, command ships, aircraft carriers, battleships, and to all landing units
32     involved in every major invasion in the Pacific during World War II;
33          WHEREAS, Navajo radio operators transmitted the code throughout the dense jungles
34     and exposed beachheads of the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945, passing over 800 error-free
35     messages in 48 hours at Iwo Jima alone;
36          WHEREAS, Major Howard Conner, 5th Marine Division signal officer on Iwo Jima
37     landing, said, "were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima";
38          WHEREAS, the bravery and ingenuity of these young Navajo men gave the United
39     States and Allied Forces the upper hand they so desperately needed in the Pacific Theater,
40     hastened the war's end, and assured victory for the United States and its allies;
41          WHEREAS, over a dozen Navajo Code Talkers were killed in action and more than a
42     dozen were wounded;
43          WHEREAS, after 23 years of secrecy, the Navajo Code was declassified in 1968;
44          WHEREAS, the United States Congress and the President, on behalf of United States,
45     honored Navajo Code Talkers with the nation's highest honor, the Congressional Gold and
46     Silver medals, in 2001;
47          WHEREAS, eight of the more than 400 original World War II Navajo Code Talkers are
48     alive today;
49          WHEREAS, the eight surviving Navajo Code Talkers are: Fleming Begaye, Thomas H.
50     Begay, William Brown, John Kinsel, Peter MacDonald Sr., John Pinto, Samuel Sandoval, and
51     Joe Vandever; and
52          WHEREAS, the Navajo Code Talkers leave a legacy of service that continues to inspire
53     others to achieve excellence and instills core values of pride, discipline, and honor:
54          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
55     Governor concurring therein, designates August 14, 2019, as "Utah Navajo Code Talkers Day"
56     in the state of Utah.
57          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor recognize the
58     Navajo Code Talkers' legacy and extraordinary contribution to the nation.

59          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Fleming
60     Begaye, Thomas H. Begay, William Brown, John Kinsel, Peter MacDonald Sr., John Pinto,
61     Samuel Sandoval, and Joe Vandever.