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U.S. Army PFC Corlton Lane Chee was laid to rest at the New Mexico State Veterans Cemetery in Gallup, New Mexico on September 15, 2020. Photo courtesy Navajo Nation Office of President and Vice President
U.S. Army PFC Corlton Lane Chee laid to rest
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

GALLUP, N.M. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer attended the graveside services for U.S. Army PFC Corlton Lane Chee, a member of the Navajo Nation, who passed away at the age of 25 on Sept. 2, 2020, while stationed at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas. Services were held at the National Veterans Cemetery in Gallup, N.M. on Tuesday.

President Nez and Vice President Lizer presented a Navajo Nation flag and a proclamation in honor and remembrance of PFC Chee. On Monday, the two leaders also issued a proclamation calling for all flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, to pay tribute to PFC Chee and U.S. Army Spc. Miguel D. Yazzie, who also passed away in July while stationed at Fort Hood Army Base.

“Today, we pay tribute to the life of PFC Chee and we offer our thoughts and prayers for his fiancé, children, parents, and siblings. We pray to our Creator and ask for strength and comfort for all of the families that have lost loved ones while stationed at Fort Hood Army Base. By all accounts, PFC Chee was a strong warrior and a good family man who wanted the best for his family and his Navajo people. We will always be thankful for his service to the Navajo Nation and the United States,” said President Nez.

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer present a Navajo Nation flag and proclamation to the family of U.S. Army PFC Corlton Lane Chee during a graveside service at New Mexico State Veterans Cemetery in Gallup, New Mexico on September 15, 2020. Photo courtesy Navajo Nation Office of President and Vice President

PFC Chee was born on Aug. 28, 1995 and grew up in Ramah, N.M. and graduated from Pine Hill High School in 2015. Prior to his military service, he was an active member of the Ramah Navajo and Zuni Wildland Fire Program. According to his family, PFC Chee enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching the Denver Broncos play, weightlifting, playing the guitar, and greatly appreciated Navajo culture and traditions.

PFC Chee collapsed during a training exercise on Aug. 28, 2020 and eventually passed away at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center on Sept. 2, 2020. His death marked the 28th casualty involving military personnel at Fort Hood this year.

President Nez and Vice President Lizer have called on members of congress, U.S Sec. of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, Sec. of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy, and Major Gen. John Richardson IV, who oversees the Fort Hood Army Base, to investigate the deaths and to provide answers to the families.

“We pray that the families of PFC Chee and Spc. Yazzie take comfort in knowing that their loved ones are now with our Creator. We have many Navajo men and women serving proudly in every branch of the Armed Services. We pray for their protection as well, and ask our Creator to bring them home safely,” stated Vice President Lizer.

PFC Chee is survived by his two sons Thielen Nikolai Chee and Kozak Bode Chee, his fiancé Ieashia Pino, parents Gene Chee and Jeanette Chee, and sisters Lynette Coho, Vergena Chee, Janell Chee, Colette Chee, and Sharmaine Chee. The Nez-Lizer Administration also thanks the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders for providing the escort for Tuesday’s graveside services.


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