Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association
World War II Veterans Group

NEWSLETTER #48 - Autumn 2011



Did you know that the 380th had a Hopi Code Talker?

Rex Pooyouma was identified by the U.S. Army Center of Military Studies in September 2010, as a Hopi Code Talker.  In October 2010, documentation was provided that also identified Orville Wadsworth as the 10th Hopi Code Talker.

During WWII, Pooyouma (38072901) was assigned to the ground staff at Group Headquarters in the 380th. Wadsworth was assigned to the 90th Bombardment Group. Both were selected and trained as part of a secret Native American Code Talker communications network to transmit secret-coded messages, using their Hopi Lavayii, in the Pacific campaign.

Mr. Rex Pooyouma and Mr. Orville Wadsworth were expected to be honored at the 2011 Veteran’s Day ob­servance on November 11, 2011, at the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center, Kykotsmovi, Arizona.

See below for Mr. Pooyouma’s TAPS article.

For more information, see article entitled “Hopi Code Talkers recognized by state senate,” by Louella Nahsonhoya, that appeared in the Navajo-Hopi Observer, 1/25/11:  http://www.navajohopiobserver.com/main.asp?SectionID=7 4&SubSectionID=114&ArticleID=13285

Hopi 2001 Vet Day Observance Poster

Rex Pooyouma

Rex Pooyouma


Orville Wadsworth

Orville Wadsworth






Photos and poster courtesy of Eugene Talas, Hopi Veterans Services, The Hopi Tribe

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Press Release of 25 October 2010 - "Hopi Chairman Shingoitewa orders flags to be flown at half-mast in honor of late Hopi Code Talker Rex Pooyouma"
(Article courtesy of Eugene Talas, Hopi Veterans Services, The Hopi Tribe)


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