He Was Their Last Original Voice, Code Talker Chester Nez Walks On

ICTMN Staff
6/4/14

World War II has been over for more than 65 years, and the outcome of that war has largely been credited to the work of the original 29 Navajo code talkers. Today, the last survivor, Chester Nez walked on according to family members speaking to KOAT.com. He was 93.

For more than a decade the Navajo veteran had been devoted to educating people about the work that the code talkers did. Even into his 90s, Nez, who signed his name Cpl. Chester Nez, could be seen wearing his code talker uniform at public appearances while sharing the proud history with youth at colleges and schools across the country.

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His devotion to sharing the story of how 29 men developed a code in their Native language that stymied Japanese forces ultimately helping the U.S. military win the war in the Pacific was unmatched.

The code talkers mission was so secretive they could not talk about it until 23 years after the war ended, and 55 years later the men were honored properly for their services.

The Navajo citizen was recruited for the code talker program after enlisting in the Marines shortly after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941 according to an ICTMN story from 2011.

The 29 men spent several months developing the code before being dispatched to the South Pacific. Nez was always “proud to serve as a Marine, and proud that his language – which he had been forbidden to speak while in boarding school – helped win the war in the Pacific,” the ICTMN story stated.

In 2011 Nez released Code Talker, the only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers.

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"An Ode to a Warrior Code Talker, Chester Nez" Thank you Sir. Thank you Sir, thank you for helping the US defeat it's enemies. Thank you Sir, thank you for saving thousands of lives of men fighting the enemies of the US. Thank you Sir, thank you for speaking your language and helping by utilizing your language as a code. Thank you Sir, thank you for being you, one of many American Indians fighting the enemies of the US. Thank you Sir, thank you for being a Warrior of your people fighting for the US. Thank you Sir, thank you for placing yourself in danger so that you could help defeat the enemies of the US. Thank you Sir, thank you for placing yourself in danger so that we could sleep free. Thank you Sir, thank you for being a code talker. Thank you Sir, may you rest in Peace. My sincerest and deepest condolences to your family for the loss of a great man, and a great Warrior.

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"An Ode to a Warrior Code Talker, Chester Nez" says it all.
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