Skip to comments.Last original Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez passes away
Posted on 06/06/2014 1:02:46 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
Chester Nez, the last original Navajo Code Talker, has passed away in his Albuquerque home.
Nez was recruited with 28 other Native Americans by the U.S. Marines to create a code the Japanese couldn't crack during World War II.
Nez went into kidney failure Wednesday morning. He was 93.
"Many people have met him," said Judy Avila, a friend and author of Nez's memoir. "When you meet him, you're charmed by him."
He was the last living member of the group.
"There were a lot of people and naysayers who said, 'How can these young Navajo men help us?' But it turned out to be the only unbroken spoken code in modern warfare," said Avila.
After Avila wrote the memoir, so many people showed up to a 2011 book signing in Albuquerque that the store sold out.
"I'm just happy that all these people reading (the memoir) will know what my Navajo people did for this country," said Nez.
After the success of the original 29 code talkers, more were recruited. Avila believes about 400 Navajos were enlisted.
The original 29 Code Talkers were given the Congressional Gold Medal in 2001. When then-President George W. Bush stuck out his hand to congratulate Nez, he stood at attention and saluted the commander-in-chief.
I’m sure Elizabeth Warren can do it.
Rest in peace, Mr. Nez. My dad(a WWII Marine himself)and I both thank you for what you and your fellow Navaho brothers did for us.
That brought tears to my eyes. RIP Mr.Nez.
“We cannot thank you and your colleagues enough for your service.”
We sure can’t. Those were certainly different times. All Americans were pulling together and doing their part and more. Sometimes it is hard to imagine this is the same country.
Some comments on another thread from a couple days ago if
anyone is interested in reading them.
Look at the date of this Seminole code talkers death.
The last surviving Seminole code talker, Edmond Harjo (US Army) of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, died on March 31, 2014, at the age of 96. Harjo had served as far afield as Normandy and the Battle of Iwo Jima during the war.
May you rest in the Arms of the Lord, Mr. Nez.