Navajo Code Talker who recently visited Four States has passed away
Updated June 4, 2014 – Over Memorial Day weekend the last of the 29 Navajos who developed a code during World War II visited Pittsburg, Kansas. Wednesday morning Chester Nez passed away. He was 93.
Posted May 25, 2014 – World War II code talker shares his story in Pittsburg.
Memorial Day weekend is a time of remembrance particularly for those who have fought our countries battles. Today in Pittsburg, Chester Nez was the special guest at the “The Last of the World War II Original Code Talkers.” A special Memorial Day celebration put on by the Frontenac American Legion Post 43. Nez, a full-blood Navajo, was one of 29 men who designed the Navajo code during World War II. It was a special means of communication that was used in battles in the Pacific. Judith Avila, co -author of Nez’s book, gave a presentation on his life and experience, prior to Nez answering questions from the audience. According to local veterans, his presence was an absolute honor.
Don Morey from Post 43 says, “To truly see the man and know what he went through. To do what he did for his country is just absolutely amazing.”
The World War II Navajo code became the only unbroken code in modern warfare. After the 29 original men, the marines recruited 400 more Navajo men to learn the code.