The Code Talkers: Solomon Louis, Bennington Mitchell Bobb, Smithville Ben Carterby (Bismark), Wright City Robert Taylor, Bokchito or Boswell Jeff Nelson, Kullitukle Pete Maytubby, Broken Bow James Edwards, Ida (now Battiest) Calvin Wilson, Goodwater
Near the end of World War I, the American Army struggled to keep the Germans from breaking their communication codes. Eight Choctaw men who were all serving in the same battalion were overheard speaking in their native language by their Captain. He immediately suggested that the messages be given in Choctaw and then translated back into English. This “code” prevented the Germans from figuring out the American's next move and assisted in the Allies' victory in the Mouse-Argonne Campaign. These victories proved the last big push the Allies needed to send the Germans into retreat and win the war. While these eight Choctaw soldiers were instrumental in the Allied victory, they never received any public recognition or military honors. Their efforts, however, did influence the use of Indian code talkers in World War II, which again aided in an American victory.