David Earl Patterson Sr., a citizen of the Navajo Nation
who served as a Code Talker
during World War II, died on Sunday. He was 94.
Patterson was among the hundreds of Navajo soldiers who used their language to transmit unbreakable codes during the war. He was eventually awarded a Congressional Medal
for his efforts.
“It’s a sad day on the Navajo Nation when we lose a national treasure like we did in losing Navajo Nation Code Talker David Patterson, Sr.,” President Russell Begaye
said in a press release
. “Beyond his service in protecting our freedom, he was a beloved husband, father and grandfather."
"The members of the Navajo Nation Council
send their condolences and prayers to the
family of Navajo Code Talker David Earl
Patterson, Sr., who was a great example for
all of the people of the Navajo Nation
through his honorable service in the U.S.
Marine Corps, and the entire Navajo Nation," Speaker LoRenzo
Bates of the Navajo Nation Council added in a press release
Patterson is being laid to rest on Thursday in Shiprock, New Mexico, according to his obituary
. The family is raising funds
to offset funeral costs.
Read More on the Story:
Tribe says Navajo Code Talker has died in New Mexico at 94
(The Associated Press October 9, 2017)
Navajo Code Talker David E. Patterson Sr. dies at 94
(The Farmington Daily-Times October 9, 2017)
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