Navajo Nation honors last code talker

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Across the Navajo Nation, flags will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Chester Nez, the last original Navajo code talker.

Nez died Wednesday of kidney failure in his Albuquerque home.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 becoming part of the first all Native American unit of marines.

The 93-year-old was the last of the original group of 29 code talkers who used their native tongue to stump the Japanese during World War II.

A public viewing for Nez is scheduled Monday, June 9 at 5 p.m. at French Mortuary.

A mass will be held Tuesday, June 10 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima, followed by a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. 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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