Indian Country 52 #23 – Navajo Code Talkers
“U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Kyle Lewis paused under a tree after presenting a folded United States flag to the family of the late Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez.”
– Daily Times, Chester Nez, last of original Navajo Code Talkers, laid to rest in Santa Fe.
“For more than two decades, Chester Nez kept silent about his role as one of the original Navajo code talkers responsible for developing an unbreakable code during World War II.
His death Wednesday at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age 93 was lamented by the Marine Corps as the end of an era — for both the country and its armed forces.
“We mourn his passing but honor and celebrate the indomitable spirit and dedication of those Marines who became known as the Navajo code talkers,” the Marines said in a statement.
Nez was the last remaining of the original 29 Navajos recruited by the Marine Corps to develop the legendary code that was used for vital communications during battle.
He was a teenager when he was recruited in 1942 and assigned with the other code talkers to the Marine Corps’ 382nd Platoon at Camp Pendleton.”
– CNN, Chester Nez, last of original Navajo code talkers of World War II, dies.
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Indian Country 52
Indian Country 52 is a weekly project by David Bernie that uses the medium of graphic design by creating posters that promote issues and stories in Indian Country.
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