Frank Chee Willeto, Navajo Code Talker, passes away at age 87
Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Frank Chee Willeto, a Navajo Code Talker and a former vice president of the Navajo Nation
died on June 23. He was 87.
Willeto was born on June 6, 1925, in New Mexico. He served in the U.S. Marines Corps and used the Navajo language to transmit unbreakable codes during World War II.
“Our nation has lost an honorable Navajo leader and protector with the passing of Frank Chee Willeto, and we are greatly saddened by our loss. His love for the Navajo people was exemplified by his lifelong commitment to public service, and we are grateful for his dedication and personal sacrifices," Johnny Naize, the speaker of the Navajo Nation Council
, said in a press release
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly
ordered the tribal flag to be flown at half staff through tomorrow in Willeto's honor.
his country and returned home
and served his people in many
ways. His life is an example of
how to help people continuously
until his last days," Shelly said in a press release
Willeto received a Congressional Silver Medal in 2001 for his efforts during World War II.
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