Navajo Code Talkers
Flagstaff Author - Julie McDonald
This true, short story, is educational, inspiring and has national significance to every American living today! The story begins an hour from my home in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 1896, Philip Johnston, age 4, arrived on the Navajo Reservation with his parents, William and Maggie. He grew up playing with Navajo children, riding his pony to the trading post, going with his father to visit Navajo families among many other activities. In 1901, William brought Navajo leaders to Washington to plead their case to expand the borders of the reservation. Nine-year-old Philip did all the translating and interpreting between the Navajos and President Theodore Roosevelt. Philip eventually took a job as an engineer in California, but returned to the Navajo Reservation at least once a year to visit family and Navajo friends. When the United States entered World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Philip was dismayed that our military efforts were failing because the Japanese were breaking all our codes. Philip Johnston had an idea! This is a fascinating short story about Philip's life growing up on the Navajo Reservation and the equally fascinating story of his role with the amazing Navajo Code Talkers.
This new edition also list the names of the 29 original Code Talkers and a link to the names of all 400. As a bonus, I included my dad, V.G. "Spud" Benson's humorous short story, "Those Reservation Roads," which he published in 1968. My dad drove for a medical doctor on the reservation in the 1920's and 30's. My dad's story, 10 minute read time, is guaranteed to make you laugh!
About the Author: Check out Julie's website for more information at funhistorystories.com
Julie McDonald is a lifelong resident of Flagstaff, Arizona and has become the local authority on Southwest Pioneer history, and gardening in the challenging terrain of the Inner-Mountain West. Julie’s growing collection of books on the stories, struggles and triumphs of pioneer women (and some men too) have captivated readers throughout the world! Her books contain short stories on these unsung heroes, scandalous villains, and noble adventurers of the 1800’s and early 1900’s, as they overcome the many trials and obstacles that went along with daily life in that era. Although their lives were challenging, Julie adds humor and optimism to each story, a reflection of her own personality. Julie’s highly successful gardening and her thriving “Farm Stand” in which she sells the abundance of her produce, has brought her celebrity status in the community and have made her a pioneer in her own right! Julie shares her ideas and methods for successful gardening in this region in her first book, “Farm Your Front Yard”. Her “Adventures” series reflects her deep faith in Jesus as she guides readers on their own faith journeys through topics such as forgiveness, giving and prayer. She has four adult children and six grandchildren, by far her most expensive hobby!
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