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Congress honors code talkers

on November 21, 2013 10:35 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, on American Indians who used their native language to outwit enemies and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II.

Dozens of members of Congress, the military and others gathered in the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall on Wednesday to honor 33 tribes for the wartime contributions of so-called code talkers.

House Speaker John Boehner said members of tribes from across the country served bravely during the world wars, using “the simplest weapon — their language.”

He said thousands of lives were saved because of their bravery.

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