Navajo Code Talker, Bill Toledo
I had the extreme honor of meeting a real American hero at the end of the 2009 Veterans Day Parade. His name is Bill Toledo, and he was a Navajo Code Talker during World War II. As a marine, Mr. Toledo and the other Code Talkers used secret Navajo language-encrypted military terms to create an unbreakable code. This helped the United States prevail at Iwo Jima and other World War II Pacific battles. Here's his official BIO from the Navajo Code Talkers website.
"Bill Toledo was a Navajo Code Talker for three years from October 1942 to October 1945. He served in many engagements including the Battle of Bougainville in the British Solomon Islands, and the battles for Guam and Iwo Jima. On the island of Guam, while filling in as a messenger, he narrowly escaped sniper bullets by means of some quick footwork. Impressed by his moves, some of the Marines jokingly asked about his football career before the war. Not all Marines were so jovial, though. On one occasion, while marching through the jungle, he was mistaken for a Japanese soldier and taken prisoner. After being marched back to headquarters at gunpoint, he was assigned a bodyguard to avoid future misunderstandings. Although the danger is gone, he still gets calls to this day making sure he's okay. Bill Toledo feels it is important to share experiences like his with new generations so that they may understand the cost of freedom and the sacrifices which were made on their behalf." My sincere thanks to Mr. Toledo for all that he has done for this country.
This is a small segment from a larger "On Location" piece I'm putting together for NYIP. It was filmed by Alex Baker with a Flip HD. Although the audio capabilities on the flip are surprisingly good, I find the output from the Zoom H2 to be far superior. It helps to cut down on background noise. The trick is then to sync the audio track with the video. I did this with a quick edit in iMovie and Garageband.