Dec 1 2013
A leader of the Navajo Codetalkers, ALL former United States Marines, who appeared at a Washington Redskins home football game said that the team name is a symbol of ‘loyalty and courage’ — not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed.
FOX News Roy Hawthorne, 87, of Lupton, Ariz., was one of four Code Talkers honored for their service in World War II during the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers. “My opinion is that’s a name that not only the team should keep, but that’s a name that’s American.”
The Navajo Code Talkers used codes derived from their native language to shield military communications from interception by Japanese troops. “They’re American heroes, and they deserved recognition,” said Tony Wyllie, Redskins senior vice president.
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