Last original Navajo code talker dies

Navajo code talker Chester Nez

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The last of 29 original Navajo Code Talkers has died.

Chester Nez died of kidney failure Wednesday morning in his Albuquerque home.

The original Code Talkers were an elite group of marines who fought in the pacific and used their native language to create a code the Japanese never figured out.

Hundreds of Navajos followed in the footsteps of the original code talkers.

In 2012, Mayor RJ Berry named January 23rd Chester Nez Day.

He was 93 years old. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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