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Chester Nez, the last of World War II Navajo code talker died

Jun 6, 2014 17:26 IST

Chester NezChester Nez, the last of the World War II Navajo code talkers died on 4 June 2014. He died at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 93. He was one of the 29 Navajos who created an unbreakable code that was never broken by any one.

These 29 Navajo code users were a part of the US force and were deployed on the battlefields of the Pacific after joining the Marine Corps in May 1942. These codes were based on their complex tribal language (Navajo) and were tonal and unwritten. These codes were the only mode for them to keep communications safe.

In 2001, the original 29 Navajo code users were awarded with the Congressional Gold Medal for their service

About Chester Nez
• He was a member of the US Marine Corps 382nd Platoon
• Nez a part of Chichiltah and Manuelito Chapters, co-authored by Judith Avila in a book titled Code Talker. The book was first and only memoir by one of the original Code Talkers of World War II
• Nez was discharged from the job in 1945 but later volunteered to fight in the Korean War

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