New Oklahoma exhibit honors World War II Comanche Code Talkers

LAWTON, Okla. - Personal photographs, military uniforms and a Nazi flag captured during World War II are some of the items on display at a new exhibit honoring Comanche Code Talkers.

The exhibit that opened Thursday in the southwestern Oklahoma community of Lawton honors 17 Comanche men who used their language as a secret code during the war.

The exhibit's opening at the Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center coincides with the upcoming expected presentation of Congressional Gold Medals.

Hugh Foster III, whose father supervised the Code Talkers, said the Comanche language didn't have some of the necessary military words and the group had to devise descriptive words.

For example, bomber was described in the Comanche language as pregnant airplane.

Comanche Nation Chairman Wallace Coffey says many people didn't realize Comanches were code talkers because "they pledged secrecy."

Watch a clip of the ceremonial dancing held during the opening of the Comanche Code of Honor exhibit below:

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