The code they developed substituted Navajo words for military terms. CHAY DA GAHI, which translates to "turtle," came to mean a tank, while a GINI, "chicken hawk" in English, became a dive bomber. America was NE HE MAH, "our Nike Air Force 1 Low Black And White Suede
Nez also volunteered to serve two more years during the Korean War. He retired in 1974 after a 25 year career as a painter at the Veterans Administration hospital in Albuquerque.
"It saddens me to hear the last of the original code talkers has died," Shelly said. "We are proud of these young men in defending the country they loved using their Navajo language."
The code talkers, whose actions were recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2001, served in all six Marine divisions and 13 were killed in World War Two.
and dedication" showed by him and his colleagues.
The president of the Navajo Nation, Ben Shelly, said he had ordered flags to be flown at half staff in memory of Nez.
"I was very proud to say that the Japanese did everything in their power to break that code but they never did," Nez said in an interview with the Stars and Stripes newspaper the day before receiving the award.
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Shelly said the Navajo Nation was drafting a proclamation in honor of Nez that it plans to present, along with the Navajo Nation flag, to the code talker's relatives. Nez is expected to be buried at the Santa Fe National Cemetery next week. (Additional reporting and writing by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Bill Trott, and Peter Cooney)
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"He had been battling kidney disease and it seems like the disease won," Michael Nez told Reuters. "He's the last of a great era, Air Force 1 White High Top
His son, Michael Nez, said his father died peacefully in his sleep at their home in Albuquerque.
a great part of history."
Nez and his young fellow recruits were called communications specialists by the Marines and were taught Morse code, semaphore and "blinker," a system using lights to send messages between ships.
Last of Navajo 'Code Talkers' dies in New Mexico
About 400 code talkers would go on to use their unique battlefield cipher to encrypt messages sent from field telephones and radios throughout the Pacific theater during the war. Southwest, was known by fewer than 30 non Navajo people, and had no written form. servicemen's lives and helping shorten the war. Their work was celebrated in the 2002 movie "Windtalkers."
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