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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:22 am, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

Chester Nez, the last of the 29 original Navajo Code Talkers who served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, died Wednesday in Albuquerque. He was 93.

The Code Talkers created the only unbroken code in modern military history — its meaning eluded the Japanese and was used again during Vietnam. Until 1968, when it was declassified, the code remained a secret.

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2 comments:

  • Peter Neal posted at 6:57 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall watching frustrated Japanese cipher "experts" trying to make sense of the code talker transmissions. They must have been absolutely apoplectic.
    Chester and all the others who served during the dark years of World War I I and Korea should deservedly be remembered as "The greatest generation". A tough act to follow.

     
  • Cecilia Trujillo posted at 7:28 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Cecitruj Posts: 1

    A true American hero. RIP

     

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