Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Victor Brown fooled Germans with “code”
BISHINIK March 2000

Victor Brown, o ne of the original Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I, served in the 143rd Infantry. His daughter, Napanee Brown Coffman of Bartlesville, Oklahoma writes, “He was o ne of the Indian telephone operators who spoke Choctaw.

“The Germans could not break the code He served in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and was wounded (as his citation from President Wilson states) – gassed (mustardgas), broken nose and head injuries.

“My father seldom talked about the war, but I used to ask him and he would tell me about his war service and experiences.

“I remember quite well about his stories of speaking in Choctaw over the telephone lines as he was very proud and pleased that they had ‘fooled the Germans.’ He was also very pleased to have served in France and to have seen Paris because he was o ne-fourth French and three-quarters Choctaw. His mmother was the daughter of a French trader. There used to be a French settlement near Idabel, Oklahoma.

“My father was an orphan, and Mr. Gabe Parker helped to look after him. My father attended Armstrong Academy, was a graduate of Haskell Institute at Lawrencce, Kansas, attended Tyler Commercial College and Southeastern State College.

“After the war, he entered the Indian Service and was Field Clerk for the Choctaw Nation. He was an auditor in the Internal Revenue Service and finished his government service at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma (civilian),

“During World War II he was a Deputy State Examiner and inspector for the State of Oklahoma. He died July 22, 1966.”