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Congress honors Native American 'code talkers'

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 01:00

Nov. 20 - Congress awards 33 Native American tribes with its highest civilian honor --- recognizing decades later their work as 'code talkers' alongside the military during both World Wars. Deborah Gembara reports.

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On Capitol Hill --- recognizing 33 Native American tribes with the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, congress' highest civilian honor. The tribes worked as code talkers during both World War One and Two, helping the military send messages that the enemy couldn't decipher. Speaker of the House John Boehner. SOUNDBITE: Speaker of the House John Boehner saying: "They mobilized the simplest weapon - language - to thwart the fiercest enemy that free people have ever known and they made a difference. And after serving with honor they did the honorable thing. They kept their service secret even to those that they loved." Their highly classified work wasn't acknowledged until decades after the wars ended and is believed to have given the U.S. a distinct advantage.

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Congress honors Native American 'code talkers'

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 01:00