, 2022-12-08 10:00:22,
Veteran of the day | US Marine Corps veteran Arthur J. Hubbard Sr.
Arthur J. Hubbard Sr. was born in Topawa, Arizona, in January 1912, shortly before Arizona was officially recognized as a state. Hubbard grew up in a large family on the Diné Nation and Tohono O’odham with Navajo and Christian values that encouraged him to give back to his community. In 1939, he joined the US Marine Corps to fulfill this calling.
Hubbard attended school on the Navajo reservation in Ganado, Ariz. He graduated from Ganado Mission High School in 1930 and later became a trombonist and singer. Joining the Marine Corps in 1939, he worked as a radio operator. To prevent enemy forces from deciphering military messages, he and other Navajo Marine Corps officers developed a secret code using the Navajo language. The group, whose new code was used to communicate messages and confuse enemies during World War II, later became known as the Navajo Code Talkers. Hubbard became a code instructor and trained more than 200 officers to transmit these coded messages. The Code Talkers’ communication resulted in lives saved in the Battles of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Hubbard broke away after the war ended in 1945, but he did not stop advocating for the natives…
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