Navajo Code Talker Samuel Jesse Smith Oral History Interview

During World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps recruited Navajo Indians to create a code based on their unwritten language to help the military… read more

During World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps recruited Navajo Indians to create a code based on their unwritten language to help the military communicate their operational plans. In a series of interviews, former Navajo Code Talker Samuel Jesse Smith talked about his early life and World War II service. Conducted between 2004 and 2006, the interviews took place at Mr. Smith’s home on the Navajo Nation tribal lands in Arizona, and on the Pacific Islands where he served during the war. Mr. Little reflected on his assignment with the 4th Marine Division, later nicknamed the Fighting Fourth, transmitting messages for General Cifton B. Hayes and the impact of returning to the battlefields 60 years later. close

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Navajo Code Talker Samuel Jesse Smith Oral History Interview

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Program ID:
459287-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Interview
Location:
Window Rock, Arizona, United States
First Aired:
Apr 06, 2019 | 2:05pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
May 29, 2019 | 2:21am EDT | C-SPAN 3

Airing Details

  • Apr 06, 2019 | 2:05pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 06, 2019 | 7:05pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 07, 2019 | 4:40am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 14, 2019 | 11:05am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 28, 2019 | 8:06pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 29, 2019 | 2:21am EDT | C-SPAN 3