Three members of the Rutherford County Young Marines in Smyrna were among the 150 Young Marines from across the country attending National Navajo Code Talkers Day on Aug. 14 in Window Rock,
Representing Rutherford County were YM MSgt Kyle Spivey, YM GySgt Cameron Robinson and YM LCPL Ashton Little.
The event recognized the Navajo men who joined the Marine Corps during World War II as communication specialists and developed an unbreakable code using their native language. Only five of these veterans are still alive.
Their efforts played a key role for the U.S. in the Battle of Iwo Jima as well as the battles of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Okinawa.
“Navajo Code Talkers Day is an event that the Young Marines and the Navajo Code Talkers look forward to every year," said Brenda McNulty, Young Marines event coordinator.
During the event the Young Marines escort the Navajo Code Talkers and participate in a parade. The Young Marines also did a trail run and park clean up and community service at a zoo.