04

June

2014

Last of original Navajo Code Talkers passes away

By Headquarters Marine Corps, Defense Media Activity


WASHINGTON --
The passing of Chester Nez, one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, sadly marks the end of an era in our country's and Marine Corps' history. We mourn his passing but honor and celebrate the indomitable spirit and dedication of those Marines who became known as the Navajo Code Talkers.

The Navajo Code Talkers made invaluable contributions to the war effort in the Pacific theater during World War II. Their heroic actions were recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2001.

The incredible bravery, dedicated service and sacrifices of Mr. Nez and his fellow Code Talkers will forever remain part of the proud legacy of our Corps and will continue to inspire generations of Marines into the future.


22 Comments


  • J. Jake Martinez 59 days ago
    As a little boy growing up in Albuquerque, I remember so well the 4th of July parade's. In full Navajo dress and dance would come down Central (Route 66), the "Code Talkers." My father would say so proudly that these men had saved so many with their language. I stood with pride and a heavy heart and saluted them as they passed, by. I mention this story to my fellow veteran's here in N.J., with great pride. We owe so much to so few through the ages. Hope that their story never is forgotten. VN Vet 1972 & 1975
  • Stephen Davis 66 days ago
    I am deeply saddened to find out of the passing of Chester Nez. I just ordered his memoirs to read because I am very interested in the code talkers from WWII. My father who is a WWII Navy veteran personally knew another code talker named Joe Silversmith. These men were courageous and brave and patriotic... Joe passed away a couple of years ago and dad attended his funeral as they had become close friends. Dad still keeps in touch with his widow. I am very proud of all veterans and actually am one myself... to all current active military I want to say THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices...
  • Stephen Davis 66 days ago
    I am deeply saddened to find out of the passing of Chester Nez. I just ordered his memoirs to read because I am very interested in the code talkers from WWII. My father who is a WWII Navy veteran personally knew another code talker named Joe Silversmith. These men were courageous and brave and patriotic... Joe passed away a couple of years ago and dad attended his funeral as they had become close friends. Dad still keeps in touch with his widow. I am very proud of all veterans and actually am one myself... to all current active military I want to say THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices...
  • Stephen Davis 66 days ago
    I am deeply saddened to find out of the passing of Chester Nez. I just ordered his memoirs to read because I am very interested in the code talkers from WWII. My father who is a WWII Navy veteran personally knew another code talker named Joe Silversmith. These men were courageous and brave and patriotic... Joe passed away a couple of years ago and dad attended his funeral as they had become close friends. Dad still keeps in touch with his widow. I am very proud of all veterans and actually am one myself... to all current active military I want to say THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices...
  • Stephen Davis 66 days ago
    I am deeply saddened to find out of the passing of Chester Nez. I just ordered his memoirs to read because I am very interested in the code talkers from WWII. My father who is a WWII Navy veteran personally knew another code talker named Joe Silversmith. These men were courageous and brave and patriotic... Joe passed away a couple of years ago and dad attended his funeral as they had become close friends. Dad still keeps in touch with his widow. I am very proud of all veterans and actually am one myself... to all current active military I want to say THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices...
  • Stephen Davis 66 days ago
    I am deeply saddened to find out of the passing of Chester Nez. I just ordered his memoirs to read because I am very interested in the code talkers from WWII. My father who is a WWII Navy veteran personally knew another code talker named Joe Silversmith. These men were courageous and brave and patriotic... Joe passed away a couple of years ago and dad attended his funeral as they had become close friends. Dad still keeps in touch with his widow. I am very proud of all veterans and actually am one myself... to all current active military I want to say THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices...
  • Stephen Davis 66 days ago
    I am deeply saddened to find out of the passing of Chester Nez. I just ordered his memoirs to read because I am very interested in the code talkers from WWII. My father who is a WWII Navy veteran personally knew another code talker named Joe Silversmith. These men were courageous and brave and patriotic... Joe passed away a couple of years ago and dad attended his funeral as they had become close friends. Dad still keeps in touch with his widow. I am very proud of all veterans and actually am one myself... to all current active military I want to say THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices...
  • Stephen Davis 66 days ago
    I am a proud veteran myself and am saddened to hear of the passing of Chester. I just bought his memoirs to read. I wish I could have met one of these brave and honorable men. My interest in the code talkers came through my father, a WWII vet himself who personally knew another code talker by name of Joe Silversmith. Joe passed away a couple of years ago and dad attended his funeral but still communicates with Joe's widow. I salute all the code talkers...
  • Stephen Davis 66 days ago
    I am a proud veteran myself and am saddened to hear of the passing of Chester. I just bought his memoirs to read. I wish I could have met one of these brave and honorable men. My interest in the code talkers came through my father, a WWII vet himself who personally knew another code talker by name of Joe Silversmith. Joe passed away a couple of years ago and dad attended his funeral but still communicates with Joe's widow. I salute all the code talkers...
  • Stephen 66 days ago
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Chester's passing. I just ordered his book to read. My own father, a WWII veteran personally knew another code talker named Joe Silversmith who himself passed away a couple of years ago. Dad still corresponds with Joe's widow. I wish I too could have know one of these brave and honorable men.

    God speed Chester, and all the code talkers...
  • Stephen 66 days ago
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Chester's passing. I just ordered his book to read. My own father, a WWII veteran personally knew another code talker named Joe Silversmith who himself passed away a couple of years ago. Dad still corresponds with Joe's widow. I wish I too could have know one of these brave and honorable men.

    God speed Chester, and all the code talkers...
  • Stephen 66 days ago
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Chester's passing. I just ordered his book to read. My own father, a WWII veteran personally knew another code talker named Joe Silversmith who himself passed away a couple of years ago. Dad still corresponds with Joe's widow. I wish I too could have know one of these brave and honorable men.

    God speed Chester, and all the code talkers...
  • Sami Pourier 77 days ago
    This is the day to remember all of our Navajo code Talkers & greatly appreciated for your services to Chester Nez. My son is inspired by his Navajo/Lakota Sioux culture & the US Marine's that's why he joined & is currently in San Diego (Camp Pendleton) now in Boot Camp. That's son for protecting us & your country. And Thank you again Chester Nez for all that you've done for all of us.
  • BBBBBBBB YYYYYYYY 83 days ago
    Unlike another soldier whose name is presently in the news, this guy and his colleagues really were heroes.

    My late father, who served on Guadalcanal and several other Pacific islands, once mentioned something about Marines speaking a strange language while on the telephone and radio. He was witnessing the Navajo code talkers doing their part to secure victory. Little did anyone know at the time just how important these fellows would be to the war effort.

    Rest well, Mr. Nez. You are a patriot, and this veteran thanks you for your service and bravery under fire.
  • Lawrence Lano 83 days ago
    I am a 60 year Navajo and served from 1972 to 1975. I left after high school not telling anyone. I joined because of the Code Talkers and had the opportunity to read and meet Mr. Chester Nez. His book is gripping and I love my country very much, yet I often expect our Nation to respect these Warriors, yes they have, however I was expecting for the Honorable President to order half mast for the entire country. My heart is heavy for many things that has happen to my people. I will continue to wave the flag and never forget all military personnel past and present. Semper Fi!
  • Phil Gioldasis 83 days ago
    The American Chester Nez.A Navajo.If Glia Society could break the big idea.A land with billions of immigrants.And Marines with a oath in Mind.I am Proud.First for my Country second to his code.
  • Rehby Yves 83 days ago
    I back the proposal of Paul Freeman for a monument to the "code talkers". May be implemanting the monument in Window Rock Azwould look also appropriate.
    Thanks to them and all my condolences to the Navajo Nation and to the USMC.
  • Bill Pulliam 83 days ago
    This is a day to remember the outstanding contributions that these Marines made for their Corps and Country. I had the great honor of meeting several of these Marines that fought on Iwo Jima. It was during my Reserve unit's Re-dedication Ceremony (To Honor Flag Raiser Michael Strank) back in the early 90's. All I had to do was listen to them talk for a minute and I realized that they had immeasurable pride in the Marine Corps and that they knew full well that their sacrifice saved countless number of lives. Even during the decades without fan fair and the honors so richly deserved, they would have not traded their contributions in helping defeat the Japanese and saving fellow Marines for anything.
    May God bless America, Chester Nez and all of these brave Americans for their wisdom, selflessness, sacrifice, and Esprit De Corps!
  • Alan Vonderhaar 84 days ago
    We need to do our utmost to remember the unique and invaluable contribution that the Native American Code Talkers, including Mr. Nez and his fellow Navajo, made to the successful prosecution and conclusion of the War, and of the role they played in subsequent engagements in Korea and Vietnam. They have all earned the rest from their labors, and truly fought the good and just fight. May he and his colleagues rest in peace Never forget.
  • Paul Freeman 84 days ago
    The "Code Talkers" made invaluable contributions to the Marine Corps and the Nation during WWII. I've been fortunate to meet one of them a few years back, here in the Inland Northwest/USA, at a Pow Wow. For the Marine Corps, and as the Nation, let's consider a proposal for a monument to them at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico/VA and the recommentation for a possible USPS stamp dedicated to them in the near future. Semper Fidelis to the Code Talkers.
  • Paul Freeman 84 days ago
    The "Code Talkers" made invaluable contributions to the Marine Corps and the Nation during WWII. I've been fortunate to meet one of them a few years back, here in the Inland Northwest/USA, at a Pow Wow. For the Marine Corps, and as the Nation, let's consider a proposal for a monument to them at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico/VA and the recommentation for a possible USPS stamp dedicated to them in the near future. Semper Fidelis to the Code Talkers.
  • Frank Ingram 84 days ago
    I am proud of my country and the Marine Corp for the recognition that has been given to the Navajo Code Talkers in 2001. I am proud of the Marine Corp for the statement regarding the passing of Chester Nez.

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