Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers
Their mission: to utilize the Navajo language in the creation of an unbreakable secret code. Between 1942 and 1945, the Navajo Code Talkers used this code and their skills as radio operators to provide a secure method of communications vital to America's victory.
Among many Native Americans the flute is a communications tool used to signal the end of confrontation and the coming of peace. This tribute represents the advancement of peace for all future generations.
This is the first permanent tribute to honor the Navajo Code Talkers.
Commissioned through the Heard Museum by Beta West Properties, Inc and the Koll Company
Erected 1989 by Heard Museum, Beta West Properties, Inc and the Koll Company.
Location. 33° 28.833′ N, 112° 4.409′ W. Marker is in Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker is at the intersection of Thomas Road (Old U.S. 60) and Central Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Thomas Road. Touch for map. Monument
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United States Indian Vocational Training School (approx. 1.2 miles away); In Memory of the Students of this School who Enlisted in the Army and Navy during the World War (approx. 1.2 miles away); F.Q. Story Addition (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hotel San Carlos (approx. 2.1 miles away); Saint Mary's Basilica (approx. 2.1 miles away); Father Edouard Gerard (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rosson House (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Carriage House (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phoenix.
More about this marker. Centerpiece of the Phoenix Plaza, visible at this important Phoenix intersection.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Marker listed geographically from center of Phoenix.
1. Additional Information
Beautiful sculpture, but unless you read the plaque
you don't know it's a tribute to Navajo Code Talkers.
The site with the list of students
Mikey Tahdooahniptah (or,...nippah)
William Baker's name was mispelled as Baxer. I copied
all the names from the plaque some years ago because I
was concerned they would one day be unreadable.
— Submitted May 2, 2012, by Ginger Meadows of Mesa, Arizona.
Categories. • Native Americans • War, World II •
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