Glimpses of the Past


Fort Union National Monument News Release

Release Date: September 10, 2013

Contact: Lorenzo Vigil,, 505-425-8025 X 226

Glimpses of the Past: September 19, 2013
“Chester Nez: World War II Navajo Code Talker.”

Las Vegas, NM: Chester Nez, at 92, is the last of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII – the 29 Navajo Marines who developed the only unbroken code in modern warfare. During World War II, the Japanese managed to crack every code the U. S. military used. But when the Marines turned to their Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret language, the men stymied the enemy and helped to assure victory for the United States in the South Pacific. Chester is the sole Navajo code talker to publish a memoir, sharing his inspirational and unique view of history. Join co-author Judith Avila, as she pulls you into the foxhole with the legendary Navajo Marines.

The program will be held at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge Street, in Las Vegas, Thursday, September 19th at 7:00PM.

The Glimpses of the Past series is free in partnership with the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025, or visit

CCHP Calendar: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:00pm