Nineteen Choctaw guys are recorded as being the first to utilize their own language for a “code” to carry army messages. During the first world war, with all the patting of the Army’s phone lines, the Germans were able to determine the location of where the Allied Forces were cooperating, in addition to where sup-plies were kept.
When the Choctaw men were set on the phones and spoke in their Native address, the Germans couldn’t effectively spy the transmissions. Native Americans didn’t receive nationally citizenship until 1924, nevertheless the Choctaws were both patriotic and valiant, with a desire to serve in the war effort. Many Choctaw men volunteered in WWI to fight for our nation.
One of these brave warriors were the renowned Wind Talkers of the Navajo Tribe in World War II, that had been worthy of the Gold Medal they obtained from Congress in the year 2000. At a postwar memo, Bloor expressed his pleasure and satisfaction.
He noted, however, that the Choctaw tongue alone, was not able to fully express the military terminology then being used. No Choctaw word or term existed to explain a “machine gun”, for instance.
So the Choctaws improvised, with their words for “big gun” to describe “artillery” and “little gun shoot fast” to get “machine gun.” “The results were very gratifying,” Bloor reasoned. The men who consumed the United States’ initial code talkers were full-blood or mixed-blood Choctaw Indians.
All were created at the Choctaw Nation of the Indian Territory, in what is now southeastern Oklahoma, when their state was a self-governed republic. Later, other tribes would use their languages for the military in a variety of units, most notably the Navajo in World War II.