Only one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers left
One of the last two living members of the World War 2 Navajo Code Talkers, Lloyd Oliver, has died in Arizona. Originally there were 29 code talkers (although hundreds more from various tribes would join them before the end of the war) who communicated coded intelligence for the US armed forces in their native Navajo tongue. Thousands of messages were sent error free by these men to the complete confusion of the enemy code breakers and their work contributed immensely to the successful outcome of the war.
A moment of silence in Mr. Oliver’s memory is in order.
From Wikipedia: Code talking, however, was pioneered by Choctaw Indians serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. These soldiers are referred to as Choctaw Code Talkers. Other Native American code talkers were deployed by the United States Army during World War II, including Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota Meskwaki, and Comanche soldiers.
- Lloyd Oliver, one of the original Navajo code-talkers from Camp Pendleton, dies at 88 (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Member of original 29 Code Talkers dies in Arizona (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
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