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Original WWII Navajo Code Talker dies

Corporal Lloyd Oliver, a Navajo Indian, operates a field radio in 1943 while attached to a Marine Artillery Regiment in the South Pacific. (photo courtesy of the Oliver family)

Corporal Lloyd Oliver, a Navajo Indian, operates a field radio in 1943 while attached to a Marine Artillery Regiment in the South Pacific. (photo courtesy of the Oliver family)

One of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers died this week, leaving only one founding member of the elite Marine Corps unit that developed an unbreakable secret code during World War II still alive.

Lloyd Oliver died March 16. His daughter, Lucinda, said he was 87 years old. She said funeral services are tentatively scheduled for tomorrow morning at a Presbyterian church on the Gila River reservation, where Oliver lived.

In 2009, an ABC News story about the Code Talkers said Oliver, a trained sniper, had long been deaf as a result of exposure to enemy gunfire during the war. He joined the Marines at 19 because “my girlfriend was mad (and) I had to get away.”

The elite Navajo Code Talker unit was formed in 1942 as a way to prevent the Japanese from decrypting secret American messages. The only remaining member of that original unit is Chester Nez, who lives in Albuquerque.

9 comments

  1. God Bless You, Old Soldier!

  2. I salute you, Lloyd Oliver. Semper Fidelis, Marine. Thank you for your service. Thank you for all you did in WWII. I am indebted to you.

  3. I SALUTE your courage and what you brought to the USMC. A lot of peoples lives were saved because of these men. There arent enough words to describe what these men did for our country in a time of needing an edge over our enemy. You efforts will not be forgotten.. SEMPER FI!!!

  4. As I mourn the loss of my dad, a Pearl Harbor survivor, this week, my heart reaches out to all of the brave men and women of that generation. Thank you, marine. May the family have good memories of this man.

  5. Rest in peace…Thank you for your service.

  6. God bless you.

  7. John H. Focke, III, M.D.

    Thanks to you and all 28 of your fellow Code Talkers ! You as well as they saved countless lives due to your special talent that the Japanese could NEVER break ! Your are not only a Marine; but a true hero from tha Greatest Generation that will never exist again ! God Bless You and Your Family. Thank you for being there for us during a very difficult time so that we can remain FREE ! Sincerely, John H. Focke, III, M.D.

  8. ahh i like old soligers

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