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Chester Nez's Passing

4 Jun 2014

While all forces that had taken part in WW2 employed one kind of code or another in order to shield information from opposing sides, the Navajo code talkers in the service of the United States Marine Corps were among the more unique, for that they created a system using code words spoken in their native tongue. Chester Nez, one of the original small group of men who devised the code, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States on 4 Jun 2014; he was the last of the surviving original member. President Ben Shelly of the Navajo Nation, a semi-autonomous governing body in the United States, ordered flags to be flown at half mast in Nez's honor.

For more information:
Chester Nez, last of original Navajo code talkers of World War II, dies
WW2DB: Code Talker Book Review

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1. David Britt says:
19 Jul 2014 12:07:57 AM

I'm so in debt to all the great Americans who contributed to our victory over the evil ideas that we're trying to take over the world so sad to see so many of the greatest generation departing. God bless you Chester Nez . Thank you for your Service!
2. Barbara Jean Champ says:
16 Aug 2014 03:26:44 PM

We owe an absolute recognition to the Navajo Nation and the Navajo Code Talkers. This will be forever remembered.

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