Navajo CodeTalkers are Forgotten Heroes of Iwo Jima, Says Author Michael Class
But, Anthony also witnesses something else on Iwo Jima.
"I was just in time to see six marines raise the American flag in the rocky ground of Iwo Jima's dormant volcano, Mount Suribachi," reports Anthony. "When the flag went up, the marines on the mountainside and the beach below gave a loud cheer, the U.S. Navy ships anchored offshore blasted their horns, and a coded message crackled on the radio of a marine standing near me. The message was: 'Ni-he da-na-ah-taj ihla.'"
The coded message that Anthony heard was in the Navajo language. The Navajo words meant: "Our flag waves."