Military Articles Veterans Heroes Navajo code talkers share stories of service Robert Walley and Bill Toledo, former Marines assigned to field communications in the South Pacific, are touring the US to raise awareness about Navajo code

Posted by qmtroy on October 22, 2013 at 6:35 AM

By Diana Washington Valdez
El Paso Times

Navajo Code Talkers who served in World War II discussed their work and signed autographs today at Fort Bliss.

Robert Walley, 93, and Bill Toledo, 89, both former Marines who were assigned to field communications duties in the South Pacific, are on a national tour to raise awareness about the Navajo code talkers.

They met with soldiers and civilians at the Freedom Crossing mall, who wanted to take their pictures and thank them for their service.

Toledo, who lives in Laguna, N.M., said he served as a code talker from 1942 to 1945. He said he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division.

"We are going all over the country to let people know about the work of the Navajos during the war," he said.

Walley, who lives near Gallup, was a Marine Raider with the 6th Marine Division, from 1943 to 1945. He served in Guam and received a Purple Heart after being injured in combat.

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