U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) lauded the achievements of the Navajo Code Talkers for their crucial assistance to the American war effort during World War II. His comments were in recognition of the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to the original 29 Code Talkers.
“The contribution of these Navajo recruits was a vital weapon in the Allied defeat of Japan in the Pacific,” Kyl said. “Through the use of their native language, the Navajo Code Talkers provided critical assistance to the war effort and saved many American lives.”
. Their code was never deciphered by the Japanese, who were regarded as master code breakers. Since the code was not declassified until 1968, the Navajo Code Talkers never received the full recognition they were due when the war ended. Phoenix was the first to commission a permanent tribute to the group in 1989—a sculpture that now sits at the entrance to Phoenix Plaza. Kyl said that the Congressional Gold Medals were a fitting and overdue tribute.