Choctaw "Code Talkers" were recognized for their service to their country in 2013, with the Congressional Medal of Honor. These nineteen soldiers developed military strategies by using the Choctaw language, which helped defeat the enemies in both World War I and II. Ironically, they were told not to tell of this service and as good soldiers, no one knew of their importance in our military history. They were also not allowed to vote (all American Indians) until years after their military service was complete. Service to others before self has always been part of Choctaw history and culture.