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Old 03-20-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Unhappy Funeral held for 1 of last Navajo Code Talkers

Funeral held for 1 of last Navajo Code Talkers

The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Mar 19, 2011 18:36:15 EDT

LAVEEN, Ariz. ó Tribal members gathered at a church near Phoenix to remember one of the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers.

Lloyd Oliver was a member of an elite group of Marines who developed a code based on their native language during World War II.

He died Wednesday at age 88 at a hospice in Avondale, Ariz.

At Saturdayís funeral at Gila Crossing Presbyterian Church in Laveen, Navajo President Ben Shelly presented a Navajo Nation flag to Oliverís widow and family and another flag to the family of Oliverís late first wife.

The code talkers sent thousands of messages without error on Japanese troop movements, battlefield tactics and other communications critical to the warís ultimate outcome.

With Oliverís death, only one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers now survives


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