Bradbury Science Museum Association At ScienceFest

Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) Board Member Kathy Boerigter with student volunteers from Los Alamos High School today at their ScienceFest Booth at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

A crowd gathers at the BSMA Booth today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Scene from today’s activities at the BSMA Booth. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Scene from today’s activities at the BSMA Booth. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos World War II historian Nancy Bartlit presented Silent voices of WWII: The Navajo Code Talkers’ vital, secret role in the Pacific Theater today during ScienceFest at the Bradbury Science Museum. Bartlit first covered, through archival and recent photographs, the development of the Navajo Code and how the ‘Code within a Code’ was incomprehensible to the Japanese as well as to other Navajo. She discussed how the U.S. Navy deployed these U.S. Marine radio men to transmit messages from the front lines, to the beaches, and then to command centers on ships. Their accurate and immediate coding and decoding hastened America’s advance across Japanese held islands—from Guadalcanal, to Tinian Island, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, which brought American forces within final striking distance of Japan in the final months of the war in the Pacific. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

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