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Lloyd Oliver, one of the original Navajo code-talkers from Camp Pendleton, dies at 88


Lloyd Oliver, one of the original 29 Navajo code-talkers trained at Camp Pendleton during World War II, has died at age 88.

Published reports say that his death leaves only one of the 29 still alive, Chester Nez, of Albuquerque.

The code-talkers served in every major Marine battle of World War II. Their language baffled the Japanese and allowed the Marines to communicate battlefield information securely.

A funeral service for Oliver is set for Saturday in Gila River, Ariz. He died this week at a hospice in suburban Phoenix.

--Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Navajo code-talkers. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps

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It is remarkable that Oliver and these men, in spite of the ugly history between America and native Americans that precedes them, were willing to put their lives on the line for this country. Thank God for that. May he rest in peace.

True Hero !

RIP, Oliver.

Go now into the presence of your fathers, in who's mighty company you shall not be ashamed.

Our nation and the USMC owes a great debt to the Navajo code talkers of World War II and I just want to say thank you to all of them for a dangerous and difficult job that was well done.

They saved a lot of lives by risking theirs.

Thank you. RIP marine.

I find it interesting, and never noted to my knowledge, that the Navajo code talkers, other Native Americans, or Hispanics for that matter, never fought in segregated units in the military. That ignoble distinction was reserved solely for African Americans and that policy was not reversed until 1948 via President Truman's Executive Order integrating the Armed Forces.

"True American's"

As an American who will die an American, I cannot say enough or do enough what these men did for U.S. We owe them a great debt we will never be able to repay, and we owe it to their memory, a memorial that will forever bear their names as "True American's" who did what they could, for a country who did what it could to them and their people." We as a nation owe these men, our thanks,and our respect, and that is why we should build this memorial to these American's, who gave all so that all could be free."

..."True Patriotism; "Hates Injustice In It's Own Land; "MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE."---Clarence Darrow

He was a true hero. My grandpa is also a Navajo Code Talker and I just want to say thank you to all the members of our armed forces for your hardwork and dedication to our county.

im a navajo and that revolutioninized the way people see us navajos


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