Flags Fly at Half-Staff on Navajo Nation in Honor of Code Talker

Navajo Nation
7/29/14

The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of another warrior.

On July 20, 2014, former Navajo Nation Code Talker Edward B. Anderson Jr. passed at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 89 years old.

“The Navajo Nation sends our deepest condolences and prayers to the family during this time of mourning,” said Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.

“We lost a true role model to our Navajo people. The Navajo Code Talkers saved our country from war through the use of our language and demonstrated the power of Dine’ bizaad in the process. He will truly be missed,” he said.

Anderson was born and raised on the Navajo Nation and was a lifelong Arizona resident.

Born in St. Michaels to Josephine Gatewood and Edward B. Anderson Sr. of Sawmill, he was of the Honaghaahnii (One Who Walks Around) Clan and born to the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water) Clan.

Anderson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 18 and served from 1942 to 1945, when he was honorably discharged.

A member of the 1st Marine Division, Anderson was stationed in the South Pacific and Australia. He saw combat at Guadalcanal, New Guinea and New Britain.

He was wounded in battle and was a recipient of the Purple Heart, South Pacific Ribbons and the Congressional Silver Medal.

He lived in Cornfields and St. Michaels for most of his life and was married to Ione Hillis Anderson, who preceded him in death. They had five children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral for Anderson was held July 25 at the Ganado Presbyterian Church. He was buried at the Veterans Cemetery in Ft. Defiance, Arizona, and a reception was held after.

A Wells Fargo Bank account has been setup for contributions. It is under the name Edward B. Anderson Jr. and the routing number is 122105278 and the account number is 2261100214. You may also call 1-800-869-3557.

The family sends thanks and appreciation for any contributions made.

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I am so very proud of my heritage although I am unable to find information regarding my great-great-great grandmother Ollie Stevens who married a soldier from the Army and then went to VA to be married losing her identity of her homeland as Cherokee. No one kept track of any of her information and my grandmother passed at nearly 100. All I know is grandmother telling me her grandmother was 100 percent Cherokee and she had a sister Allie. Grandmother said that when she left she was not aloud to use her given/birth name because she had married a soldier and moved away from the tribal nation. I have search and search for proof, yet I stand on my grandmother's word. Why would I have great-great-great grandmother things that were passed to me? I am also a veteran of the US Air Force and Reserve. Ohio Military Reserve. I am a member of the Guernsey County Veterans Council Honor Guard and do all military honors for my comrades. I salute my brothers for what they accomplished for our nation. Blessings on his family! *Salute*
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