The Marines Hymn in Navajo

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We have conquered our enemies
All over the world
On land and on sea
Everywhere we fight
True and loyal to our duty
We are known by that
United States Marines
To be one is a great thing.

Nin hokeh bi-kheh a-na-ih-la
Ta-al-tso-go na-he-seel-kai
Nih-bi-kah-gi do tah kah-gi
Ta-al-tso-go en-da-de-pah
Tsi-di-da-an-ne ne-tay-yah
Ay be nihe hozeen
Washindon be Akalh Bi-kosi-la
Ji-lengo ba-hozhon

Our flag waves
From dawn to setting sun.
We have fought every place
where we could take a gun
From northern lands
To southern tropic scenes,
We are known to be tireless
The United States Marines
Ni-he da-na-ah-taj ihla
Yel khol-go e-e-ah
Day-ne tal-al-tso go enta-she-jah
Tal-tso-go entas-se-pah
Ha-kaz dineh-ih be-hay-jah
Ado ta aokhek-ash-shen
Do ni-din-da-hi ol-yeh
Washindon be Akalh-bi Khos
---The third verse is sung like a prayer---
May we live in peace hereafter
We have conquered all our foes,
No force in the world we cannot conquer,
We know of no fear
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
United States Marines will be
there Living in peace.
Hozo-go nay-yeltay to
A-na-oh bi-keh de-dlihn
Ni-hi-keh di-dlini ta-etin
Yeh-wol-ye hi-he a-din
Sila-go-tsoi do chah-lakai
Ya-ansh-go das dez e e
Washindon be Akalh-bi Kosi la

Jimmy King, a Navajo instructor, translated the Marines Hymn into Navajo. Except for minor regional dialect differences, Randy John, head of the Navaho Tribal Police in Shiprock, New Mexico has verified the accuracy of the translation. Thanks to Jim Vance for the double check.

During World War II in the Pacific Theater the U. S. Marine Corps devised a radio code based upon the Navajo language. Navajo men were recruited into the Marine Corps, trained as radio operators and taught the unique portions of the code. Code Talkers, as they were called, were assigned to each operational unit and headquarters in order to give commanders a fast and reliable code.

Not only was the Navajo code much faster than codes based upon cyphers, it is the only code not broken by the enemy.

The movie "Windtalkers" introduces the concept of the Code Talkers and has some outstanding battle scenes but it is based on a false premise and is mostly about the Nicholas Cage character. Code Talkers DID NOT have a personal bodyguard that concept was invented by the Hollywood writers. That aside, it is a great action movie.

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