| By Philip Townsend, WFAA
Navajo Code Talker Dan Akee visits with active duty Marines in Fort Worth, Texas on March 20, 2015. Now in their 80s and 90s, retired United States Marines Peter MacDonald Sr. and Dan Akee move slowly, but their storytelling reflects a strong memory of their pivotal role during World War II.
“We didn’t know we were being recruited to be code talkers,” MacDonald said.
A crowd of hundreds stood in front of MacDonald and fellow retired Marine Akee Friday at the Naval Air Station in Fort Worth.
They are two of the remaining 24 Navajo Code Talkers.
“It’s the only military code in modern history never broken by an enemy,” MacDonald said.
Code Talkers transmitted secret messages in Navajo for the United States military during the war.
For years, their work was kept top secret until it was declassified around 20 years ago.
Today, they’re passing on their legacy to local military members, sharing a small piece of the puzzle they created more than 70 years ago.
“The code word for America was Nehema,” MacDonald said. “It means ‘Our mother.'”
As a sign of gratitude for their work, and their visit to Fort Worth, the two have been named honorary skippers at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth.