Pledged To Secrecy
6:22 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Comanche Code Talkers Honored By State And Nation

Personal photographs, military uniforms and a Nazi flag captured during World War II are some of the items on display at a new exhibit honoring Comanche Code Talkers.

Pvt Floyd Saupitty (Comanche) pictured between two soldiers en route to Okinawa
Pvt Floyd Saupitty (Comanche) pictured between two soldiers en route to Okinawa
Credit USMC Archives / Flickr.com

The exhibit that opened Thursday in the southwestern Oklahoma community of Lawton honors 17 Comanche men who used their language as a secret code during the war.

The exhibit's opening coincides with the upcoming expected presentation of Congressional Gold Medals.

Hugh Foster III, whose father supervised the Code Talkers, said the Comanche language didn't have some of the necessary military words and the group had to devise descriptive words.

For example, bomber was described in the Comanche language as pregnant airplane.

Comanche Nation Chairman Wallace Coffey says many people didn't realize Comanches were code talkers because "they pledged secrecy."