I went to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum at the Big Cypress Reservation to catch their exhibit about the Code Talkers. I think it is in its last week.
Not only is the exhibit about the famous Navajo Code Talkers, but the Native Americans who served in WWI and WWII and sent messages in their native languages to foil the enemy. Many tribes took part in this work, and the Comanche and Choctaw are known for having talkers.
Below is the Choctaw talkers in 1918.
Native Americans were not made U.S. citizens until 1924.
The Navajo Code Talkers took it to the next level. Not only sending messages in their native language, but using a code of that language. So even if the Japs captured a Navajo who could speak the language, they still would not be able to understand their messages that they were sending.
Then the Seminole Tribe highlighted two veterans who served in WWII.
Howard Tiger volunteered for the Marines and fought in the Pacific. He was on the hill at Iwo Jima when the flag was raised in the famous photograph. He was in some of the toughest fighting against the Japanese, and suffered post war traumatic stress syndrome, although nobody back then was treated for such.
After the war he served as a tribal chairman and was actively involved with coaching tribal youth activities. He died in a tragic accident in the 1970s.
Moses Jumper Sr.:
Moses Jumper Sr. served as an underwater demolition frogman in the Navy.
After the war he wrestled alligators with his wife, Betty Mae Jumper, who also sold crafts. We know their son, Moses Jumper Jr., who joins us each year at Dade Battlefield, the Big Cypress Shootout, and a few other events.