Native American code talkers honored in new movie

Friday, June 14th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Hollywood is set to capture the story of the American Indian code talkers on film.

The new movie "Windtalkers" was released Friday and one of those heroes from World War II lives in Oklahoma and was honored in Tulsa this week.

News on Six anchor Craig Day says to a standing ovation of members of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma, the last surviving Comanche Code Talker from World War II gets an honor earned more than half a century ago. Charlie Chibitty, "When we first joined the army, we were all volunteers. We knew it was going to have to do with Indian talkin', but I didn't know it was going to be that important."

At 80 years old now, Chibitty tells his story to people across Oklahoma. Craig Day, “What's your reaction when you hear somebody my age, call you a hero?” Chibitty, “It makes me feel good, makes me feel good because, a lot of people don't even know what I did." Now they will know because of the new movie, Windtalkers.

The movie portrays the story of the Navajo and Choctaw code talkers in the pacific theater of World War II, who used their native languages as code to confuse the enemy, just like Chibitty and other Comanche code talkers did during the invasion of Normandy.

The same reasons Chibitty enlisted more than 60 years ago. "We fought for the flag and we'll fight for it again if we have to."

By the way, Charlie Chibitty says he will see the new Windtalkers movie.