Philip Johnston - Family

Philip Johnston - Family American History Biographies Social Studies World War II Tragedies and Triumphs

This image, circa 1895, depicts Philip Johnston - who suggested that the Navajo could develop a code to be used during World War II - as a young boy.  He is with his parents, William and Margaret Johnston.

The son of Protestant missionaries to the Navajo people, Johnston had spent most of his life on, or near, the Navajo reservation. He was one of about 30 non-Navajos who could speak the unwritten, extremely difficult language.

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Image online, courtesy Northern Arizona University website.



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