Code Talkers receive long overdue honors for service in military

American Indian and Alaska Native soldiers who used their languages to develop unbreakable codes for the military are receiving a long overdue honor today.

The Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 authorized Congressional Gold Medals for Code Talkers who fought during World War I and World War II. The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

"This is long overdue," Wallace Coffey, the chairman of the Comanche Nation, told Agence France Presse.

The Comanche Nation sent 17 Code Talkers into battle for World War II, The Lawton Constitution reported. They are among the veterans from more than 30 tribes who will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

The ceremony will be broadcast at 11am Eastern time at

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