The standard encryption machines used at the time were able to decipher a code in 30 minutes. The Windtalkers were able to decrypt these same codes in around 20 seconds. This was proof enough for military leaders to immediately recruit more Navajo men to begin training. The use of Navajo was very useful throughout World War II, especially during the Battle of Iwo Jima where six Navajo Marines worked around the clock during the entire battle and translated 800 messages without a single error. Victory was made possible by the Navajo in this battle, and the war was soon coming to a close.
This museum shares space with the Tuba City Trading Post. Although it took many years before Navajo soldiers and Marines were recognized, the story of their service has since been dramatized by books and television. This led to greater recognition and belated federal awards from President Reagan in 1982, and Congressional medals in 2001.