[AARA] WØW - Special Event Station
Kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Thu Apr 16 06:50:06 CDT 2015
PETAL/SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI POWWOW
APRIL 17-19, 2015- PETAL, MISSISSIPPI 39465
_/HONORING ALL NATIVE AMERICAN CODE TALKERS OF U.S. MILITARY/_
WØW is a special event station activated between April 4- April 19,
2015 in support of this event. POWWOW event date is April 17-19.
SPOTTING IS APPRECIATED.
Send direct qsls to N5CW, POB 52, Petal, Ms.. 39465, containing
SASE and return postage . IRC_/not/_acceptable. QSLS via bureau also
*Held on the third weekend of April each year, the City of Petal, MS.
in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and the University of
Southern Mississippi Center for American Indian Research and Studies,
host it's annual POWWOW at the Willie Hinton Memorial Park behind the
public library. The POWWOW is free and open to the general public.
So, that means you are welcome to attend. Come and enjoy Native
What is a*POWWOW*? Celebration of heritage (past and future)
Reunion of family and friends
Educational experience for people of all ages
Community wide interactive event
Opportunity to honor our Veterans
and Yes......we like to dance!
*The 2015 event honors Native American Code talkers of all U.S. wars.
These Native languages were an essential part of battlefield
communications during WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Many native
PEOPLES were code talkers including Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole,
Comanche, Meskwaki and Navajo. Vietnam was the last war in which code
talkers were utilized. *
*The first known use of code talkers occurred during WWI. Cherokee
and Choctaw were used for successful tactical campaigns. This caught
the attention of a young German named Adolph Hitler. Hitler sent a
group of anthropologist to the U.S. prior to WWII to study Native
American languages but returned empty handed, finding them too difficult
to master. Realizing this, the Allies did not make heavy use of code
talkers within the European theater, however, some Comanche code
talkers were utilized in the Normandy invasion.*
*The Navajo code is the only spoken military code never deciphered.
Major Howard Connor of the 5^th Marine division stated “were it not for
the Navajos, Iwa Jima would have never been taken”.*
*2014 saw the deaths of WWIIs' last remaining code talkers. In April,
Seminole, Edmond Harjo (96) and in June, Chester Nez, the last of the
Navajo code talkers passed away. Chester Nez was one of the original
29 man group which developed the code book used in the Pacific.
Navajo words like, buzzard for bomber, and iron fish for submarine,
were examples. Code words were carefully developed, agreed upon, and
memorized. Books were never taken to the battlefield. Being a code
talker required a top secret security clearance and learning to send and
receive the Morse code. *
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