Navajo code talker from World War II dies

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Navajo code talker from World War II dies

By the CNN Wire Staff
November 2, 2012 -- Updated 1406 GMT (2206 HKT)

Navajo Code Talkers attend the 2011 Citi Military Appreciation Day event at Citi Pond in New York City on November 11, 2011.
(CNN) -- George Smith, one of the Navajo code talkers who helped the U.S. military outfox the Japanese during World War II by sending messages in their obscure language, has died, the president of the Navajo Nation said.

"This news has saddened me," Ben Shelly, the Navajo president, said in a post Wednesday on his Facebook page. "Our Navajo code talkers have been real life heroes to generations of Navajo people."
Smith died Tuesday, Shelly said, and the Navajo Nation's flag is flying at half-staff until Sunday night to commemorate his life.

Several hundred Navajo tribe members served as code talkers for the United States during World War II, using a military communications code based on the Navajo language. They sent messages back and forth from the front lines of fighting, relaying crucial information during pivotal battles like Iwo Jima.

Military authorities chose Navajo as a code language because it was almost impossible for a non-Navajo to learn and had no written form. It was the only code the Japanese never managed to crack.

The Navajo code talkers participated in every assault the U.S. Marines carried out in the Pacific between 1942 and 1945.

The code talkers themselves were forbidden from telling anyone about the code -- not their fellow Marines, not their families -- until it was declassified in 1968.

Now in their 80s and 90s, only a handful of code talkers remain.

"They have brought pride to our Navajo people in so many ways," Shelly said. "The nation's prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time as they mourn the passing of a great family man who served his country and protected his people."

Shelly's Facebook post didn't mention Smith's age or the cause and location of his death. A statement about the death on the official Navajo Nation website was not accessible late Thursday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/01/us/navajo-code-talker-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
 

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How many Chevy trucks can you roll off of sand dunes all hopped up on firewater in 90 years?
 

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I wonder how many people know about the Navajo code talkers because of the X-Files. That's where I first heard about it.
 

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I used to get this AM station loud and clear on cold winter nights. They speak navajo half the time. They will be grunting and moaning thru a live read, then say Burger King or Dodge Trucks. I would not be able to crack the code either.

http://v5.player.abacast.com/v5.1/player/index.php?uid=6148
 

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I heard about them from that awful movie made about them. Rest in peace sir. Your service will not be forgotten.
 

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I wonder how many people know about the Navajo code talkers because of the X-Files. That's where I first heard about it.
First and only time. I hated that guy. Give him free whiskey for life and let him drink himself to death in his shitty trailer.
 

gleet

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He was murdered by an ex-Japanese soldier that lived in the same nursing home he did. It took a few decades, but mission accomplished.
Wrong. They were roommates, he needed his heart pills and the Jap had no idea what the fuck he was asking for.
 

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Wrong. They were roommates, he needed his heart pills and the Jap had no idea what the fuck he was asking for.
Wrong. The Jap was an ex-fisherman who had a flashback and hallucinated that dude was a giant squid coming to do him in. Jap killed dude with a fishing net and a rowing oar.
 

gleet

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Wrong. The Jap was an ex-fisherman who had a flashback and hallucinated that dude was a giant squid coming to do him in. Jap killed dude with a fishing net and a rowing oar.
Wrong. Jap was sick of suffering with advanced glaucoma and decided to throw himself a little seppuku party. But, due to the aforementioned glaucoma, he mistook the Navajo belly for the Japanese belly and hilarity ensued.
 

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Wrong. Jap was sick of suffering with advanced glaucoma and decided to throw himself a little seppuku party. But, due to the aforementioned glaucoma, he mistook the Navajo belly for the Japanese belly and hilarity ensued.
Wrong. Jap has Alzheimer's and thought that he was James Bond and that Navajo was Alec Trevelyan. The evening ended with Navajo plummeting to his neck-snapping death from the top of the radar couch. Police have determined that Jap did for Jap; not for England.