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W5KS Commemorates Code Talkers

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Lawton, Okla._Students from Eisenhower Middle School educated radio operators around the world on the work of the Comanche Code Talkers Wednesday.

The Lawton-Ft. Sill Amateur Radio Station, W5KS, and the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center teamed up to present an opportunity for those outside of Oklahoma to learn more about the contributions of these men.

From Arkansas to Canada, radio operators calling in to W5KS learned about the work of the Comanche Code Talkers, who used the Comanche language to help the U.S. military safely communicate in both World Wars. Historical information that is unknown to many, showing a need for this week's educational opportunity.

"It is important that we keep our culture and our language, most importantly, alive and so by teaching young people to learn these we are able to pass that down from generation to generation," said Phyllis Wahahrockah-Tasi, Executive Director of the Comanche National Museum.

Students manned the frequencies after learning some of the codes that were used by the Comanche Code Talkers.

"Most of them were pretty excited to talk to us because we were a Special Events Station, and a lot of them were actually interested in what a code talker was," said Tyler Robinson, EMS student.

For the Comanche National Museum, this week's partnership with the Lawton-Ft. Sill Amateur Radio Station is an outlet to educate a broader audience on the work of these 17 Code Talkers.

"We are hoping that we are a vessel to help them educate, not only people inside the United States, but worldwide," said Wahahrockah-Tasi.

Wednesday was only part of a four-day event where W5KS will transmit live from the museum during regular business hours. A set of frequencies have been established and radio operators are invited to call in and participate in the various discussions.


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