The Last WW2 Comanche Code Talker Is Gone
The Comanche code talkers used their native language to transmit messages for the Allies in Europe during World War II. The group of Comanches from the Lawton area were selected for special duty to provide the Allies with a language that the Germans could not decipher. Like the larger group of Navajos who performed a similar service in the Pacific theater, the Comanches were dubbed “code talkers”.
It’s strange growing up as a child,” Chibitty said in 2002. “I was forbidden to speak my native language at school. Later my country asked me to use my language which helped to win the war and that makes me proud. Very proud.”
Quoted in a story for The Oklahoman of Oklahoma City, Chibitty recalled being at Normandy on D-Day and said someone once asked him what he was afraid of most and if he feared dying. “No, that was something he had already accepted.
“But we landed in deeper water that we had anticipated. A lot of boys drowned. That’s what I was afraid of – drowning. I wonder what the hell Hitler thought of when he heard those strange voices.”
Chibitty was born November 21st, 1921 near Medicine Park and attended high school at Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas. He enlisted in the Army in 1941. In 1999, he received the Knowlton award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding intelligence work during a ceremony at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.
“We could never do this again.” Chibitty told Oklahoma Today magazine.” It’s all electronic and video in war now.”
This story was edited for length and content from an Associated Press article from the post-gazette.com, a service of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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Submitted by Ken Hughes
"I spoke Comanche...to beat Hitler."His unit went from Nomandy to Victory..and never lost a brave.The last of the WWII Code Talkers dies.You can't get any more American than Charles Chibitty. Charles was Comanche Indian, raised in Oklahoma (the old Indian Territories) when he enlisted in the Army in 1941.
The war broke out, and the army asked young Comanches to help with battlefield communications, because the Germans could not translate their language. Their unit is one of the most famous in WWII...and did not lose a single brave. The Navajos were the Code Talkers in the Pacific Theatre, by the way.
Mr. Chibitty noted the irony in his mission: As a kid, he was FORBIDDEN to speak Comanche! Then, in wartime, he was highly valuable to our war effort BECAUSE he spoke the native language.
If you don't know it, Comanches were the great pony soldiers of the Western Plains...skilled in combat and totally fearless, they roamed all over what became Texas...going clear down to Mexico in search of horses. There are some fabulous tales of derring-do between the Texas Rangers and the Comanches...culminating in a famous Truce that brought peace to that state.
Charles Chibbitty. A REAL American Hero. The last of the Comanche Code Talkers.
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