19 October, 2009

Thank you Willard Oliver.

Navajo Nation mourns Code Talker death
Updated: Thursday, 15 Oct 2009, 8:38 AM EDT

Published : Thursday, 15 Oct 2009, 6:45 AM EDT
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Willard Varnell Oliver, a member of the Navajo Code Talkers who confounded the Japanese during World War II by transmitting messages in their native language, died Wednesday. He was 88.
Lawrence Oliver said his father died at the Northern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System Hospital in Prescott, Ariz. He had been declining health for the past two years.
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. ordered flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff from Oct. 15-19 in honor of Oliver, who is at least the fifth Code Talker to die since May.

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