Monday, October 26, 2009

Ruby Tuesday --- Code Takers and Navy Week.

Welcome to Ruby Tuesday the day we show off our photos that contain some red.

My photos for this week's Ruby Tuesday were taken during our visit to Albuquerque, New Mexico. We planned our visit with the Old Salt's nieces and their families to coincide with Albuquerque's annual Balloon Fiesta. But, luck was on our side when we stumbled onto two other events we were unaware would be happening at that same time. One was a book signing by members of the World War ll Navajo Code Talkers.

The book is titled "It Had to be Done -- Navajo Code talkers Remember WWll" by Stephen Mack . The Navajo Code Talkers were several hundred Navajo Marine's who used their language to transmit military messages on enemy tactics, Japanese troop movements and other battlefield information in a code the Japanese never broke. Code Talkers took part in every assault the Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945, and are credited with saving thousands of lives.

The second event was Navy Week. Albuquerque's Navy Week was one of 21 Navy Weeks planned across America in 2009. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence. We were able to catch the performance of the U.S. Navy Band Southwest "Destroyers," when they preformed at the Balloon Fiesta. This photo of one of the sailors in period costume getting his book autographed by a code talker turned up in one of the online Navy journals the Old Salt subscribes to.

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  1. Amazing group of people! Your post is a wonderful tribute to their efforts!

  2. Oh fantastic. I had seen a movie several years ago about this very subject. It was very good. And there was a Native American playing the correct parts...which is good if you ask really don't know what Hollywood will do with a story like this.

    Excellent post!!!

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  3. That's a book signing I would have loved to have attended.
    What an outstanding group of men!
    Sunny :)

  4. I saw a movie about these guys...this is an absolutely WONDERFUL Ruby post...

  5. When they talked in code
    enemies didn’t get it,
    freedom prevailed.

    My Ruby Tuesday

  6. Excellent post about these code talkers! I think a movie was made about them... Great post for Ruby Tuesday! :)


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