72 Years ago today in history, an iconic image was created, immortalizing an event that was one of the bloodiest battles of the War.
Did you know that one of the #UnitedStatesMarineCorps captured in the iconic photograph, Raising the Flag on #IwoJima during #WorldWarII was an American Indian? Ira H. Hayes was an enrolled member of the #GilaRiverIndianCommunity and became a national hero after he helped raise an American flag over Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. Many brave American Indian men, and women who have served our country since the 1700s.
The #Navajo volunteered to protect ne-he-mah, which in #Diné translates literally to "our mother" & was the term designated for 'America' in Navajo Code, the only military code in history to never be broken that helped save many lives during #WWII. Those men who devised the code, The #MarineCorps very own, the #NavajoCodeTalkers served with the modestly as do all service members & deserve the respect they All deserve for contributions then and now. #Guadalcanal,#Tarawa,#Peleliu, Iwo Jima: the Navajo Code Talkers took part in every assault the #UnitedStates conducted during WWII in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six #Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions and Marine parachute units, transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language a code that the Japanese never broke.
Praise for their skill, speed and accuracy accrued throughout the war, at Iwo Jima, Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer; declared, "Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima." Connor had six Navajo Code Talkers working around the clock during the first two days of the battle. Those six sent and received over 800 messages, all without error.
This nation owes a great dept to not only these brave @Marines, but all service men and women who to this day we owe more than just our freedom, but the way we live today. The younger generations need to know where us as Americans came from and what we overcame together as a whole to respect all #Vets from all branches and eras because all had a hand in shaping this wonderful free country.
Happy Birthday #GIJoe! Created by #Hasbro in 1964, G. I. Joe was inspired by the company's veteran-heavy team. It was the first toy branded under the newly coined term “#actionfigure" and 06 February of that year was designated as the Toy's "Birthday" thus making the legendary #American 'born' Action Figure 63 years young today.
G. I. Joe's popularity has ebbed and flowed with the nation's general outlook on war, with parents shying away from militaristic toys as time progressed. G. I. Joe dropped off for a time in the 1970s, says the #NationalToyHallofFame, before coming back in the 1980s accompanied by a cartoon TV show.
In 2000, #WWII#USMC#NavajoCodeTalker Sam Billison said Hasbro came to his home at the #NavajoNation capital of #WindowRock,#AZ, to ask of him an unusual request: if they could record his speech in #Navajo and English for a project they said they were working on & if he'd allow them permission to use him in that way, in a sense immortalizing him & those heroes with the project. It says a phrase in Navajo, followed by the English translation. "My grandkids say, `Oh, that's not grandfather,' but the more they listened to it the more they said, `Oh, yeah, that's him,"' Billison said. "I kind of talk slow, and I guess they speeded it up." Hasbro spokeswoman Holly Ingram said the idea for the Code Talker action figure came from the history buffs within the company who watched a documentary about the Code Talkers on the History Channel.
I obtained my very own sometimes back & as Mr. Billison said, it says seven different phrases - in both Navajo and English, "Request Air Support!" "Attack by Machine Gun!" amongst others and the equipment list includes a camouflage-covered helmet, web belt, hand phone set, backpack radio, shirt, pants, boots, and M-1 rifle. Also included in this Deluxe Edition (not available in any store or catalog finding out in researching) is a 3" Embroidered Iron-On Patch featuring the famous silhouette of the #Marines hoisting the flag on #IwoJima saying "#JuniorNavajoCodeTalker." and an laminated list of over 200 authentic Code Words (stamped "Top Secret - Confidential") actually used by the original #NavajoCodeTalkers,
The Last Roll Call
Here we stand in formation
To honor a brother who served his nation
One by one our names are read
As the tears begin to shed
His name is called there is no sound
Just solemn faces all around
Three times in all his name is said
But he cannot answer for he is dead
READY AIM FIRE
READY AIM FIRE
READY AIM FIRE
He will never shoot another round
His rifle sticks in the ground
I see the boots he used to wear
They’re empty now he isn’t there
I’ll forever remember the day he died
I’ll remember today when we all cried
So on this day we say goodbye
But in our hearts he’ll never die.
#USMC#USA#USN#USAF#USCG#POW#MIA#LastRollCall#GoneButNotForgotten#UncommonValorWasACommonVirtue#Honor#Valor#Valhalla 🇺🇸 🙏🏽
#Valhalla humbly welcomed another #WWII#USMC#NavajoCodeTalker, Sergeant Major Dan Akee. His sunrise was on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona near what is present day Coalmine on 11 November 1919 & sunset 14 October 2016.
Sgt Maj Akee was one of the #CodeTalkers attached to the 4th Marine Division 25th Regiment participating in campaigns on four Pacific islands, including #IwoJima & honorably represented valor in a time when things were different. Him as well as the other #Navajo volunteered to protect ne-he-mah, which in #Diné translates literally to "our mother" & was the term designated for 'America' in Navajo Code, the only military code in history to never be broken that helped save many lives during WWII. Those men who devised the code, The #MarineCorps very own, the #NavajoCodeTalkers served with the modestly as do all service members & deserve the respect they All deserve for contributions then and now.
Members of Congress expressed gratitude to the #Navajos who had risen above cultural oppression to answer the call when their country needed them and developed the most successful military code of the time. In 2001, then President George W. Bush hailed the Code Talkers as men "who, in a desperate hour, gave their country a service only they could give." After his remarks, President Bush presented each with The #CongressionalGoldMedal.
President Ronald Reagan said it best when he proclaimed, "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the #Marines don't have that problem." and with that, I know Sgt Maj Akee & all those other Heroes know they lived full great lives impacting all those he did when he did & made a difference. Hágoónee Shik'is Nizhónígo ch’aanidíínaał 🇺🇸 #SemperFi 🇺🇸
Yei Bi Chei Depiction painting in Dinétah
On 26 July 1947, The National Security Act of 1947 became law. It created the Department of the #AirForce, headed by a Secretary of the Air Force. Under the Department of the Air Force, the act established the #UnitedStatesAirForce, headed by the Chief of Staff, USAF. On 18 September, 1947, W. Stuart Symington became Secretary of the Air Force, and on 26 September, Gen. Carl A. Spaatz became the USAF's first Chief of Staff. Happy Birthday #USAF Watching over American skies 🇺🇸 This is the awesome entrance to the #PimaAirAndSpaceMuseum in Tucson AZ where many treasures are housed & taken care of by very knowledgeable people, check it out when you could if you're an air plane enthusiast or just fond of history 👍🏽