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Original Navajo Code Talker dies

Discussion in 'Military' started by Packman73, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Sep 9, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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    An American hero. RIP and God bless...:(
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    One of the original Navajo Code Talkers who helped create unbreakable military radio codes during World War II has died in Arizona.

    Allen Dale June, one of the original 29 Code Talkers, died Wednesday at the Veteran Assistance Hospital in Prescott. He was 91.



    He was a sergeant in the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater, said his widow, Virginia June. She said he joined the Corps when he was 16 by fudging his age to a recruiter.

    "There was nothing to do on the 'rez.' That's what he told me,'' she said Thursday.

    He had plenty to do in his 3.5 years in the service. Virginia June said he was involved in major battles and crossed the equator eight times during his stint with the Marines.

    The Japanese were never able to crack the code, based on the Navajo language, and its very existence remained a secret for decades after the war.

    "The Navajo Nation lost a great warrior," said Lawrence T. Morgan, speaker of the Navajo Nation Council. "It is a pleasure to know that we have warriors like Sgt. Allen Dale June, to serve and protect our freedom. His unique service to his country brought positive attention to the Navajo Nation. He will be missed.''

    Virginia June said her husband fell ill on a trip from their home in Colorado to visit family in Arizona. He was treated in Flagstaff and then moved to Prescott. She said he had been suffering from dementia and eventually succumbed to complications from pneumonia.

    "I'm having a hard time,'' Virginia said. "It's very hard for me to accept that he's gone.''

    Virginia said her husband earned a master's degree after the war and worked as an accountant. He leaves behind 10 children from three wives, including one from his marriage to Virginia.

    His funeral is scheduled for Monday in Page



    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/ ... z0z63X8X00
     
  2. Sep 9, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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    May he Rest In Peace. They all are American heros.
     
  3. Sep 9, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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    Wow, that sucks & God-speed The Japanese had cracked every form of code except for the Navaho language, truly instrumental during WW2 !!

    God bless a vet
     
  4. Sep 9, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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    I was fortunate enough to listen to five of the code-talkers, including the man who was the only POW (for three years). They came to speak at my University when I was doing my undergrad. They were all very proud they fought to save their land and America. Neat stuff
     
  5. Sep 9, 2010 at 10:26 PM
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    RIP Hero, your service was greatly appreciated!
     
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  8. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:11 PM
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    Hey packer. I just wanna say thanks for posting that story about one of our original heroes of WWII. The Navajo Code Talker. It really means alot when other people do acknowledge their accomplishments and the way they got their messages across using their native language. Again, thanks. May he rest in peace in the heavens above. :pray:
     
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    Those guys went through a lot and stepped up when their country needed them.
    May God bless him and his family.

    Not that it matters but the story has his age wrong and how old he was when he enlisted. He was 88 when he died and 20 when he enlisted.
     
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