The Marine Navajo Code Talkers played a crucial role in the Pacific campaigns during World War II using a code they developed from their native language that confounded the Japanese and contributed to American victory in the Pacific.
One of the members of the first group of Code Talkers, known as the First Twenty-Nine, was Dr. Carl N. Gorman, a full-blooded Navajo from Chinle, Arizona. The group was recruited by the US Marine Corps as Platoon 382, the first all-Indian, all-Navajo platoon in Marine Corps history.
One of Gorman’s children has close ties to this local community. Zonnie Gorman attended Verde Valley High School, graduating in 1981. She is now a recognized historian on the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Canada at universities, colleges, museums and other institutions, including the Museum of the American Indian and N.A.S.A. Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
On Saturday, May 27th, Zonnie is returning to Verde Valley School to share the touching story of her personal journey to discover that part of her father's life as one of the First Twenty-Nine. Zonnie's personal insights, well researched information and wry humor combine to offer a poignant, eye-opening and stirringly patriotic presentation. This free event is open to the public and will be held in the school’s Brady Hall starting at 7:00pm. Please RSVP to Kris Fritz at 928-284-2272.