WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Another Navajo Code Talker has died. Sgt. Jimmie Begay was 86.

Thurmon Begay said his father, of Sawmill, died Wednesday after a fall.

Begay was one of about 420 Navajos trained to transmit messages in a code based on the then-unwritten Navajo language. The Code Talkers sent thousands of messages without error on Japanese troop movements, battlefield tactics and other communications, helping to win World War II.

Jimmie Begay enlisted in 1942 at age 17 and served in the 1st Marine Division, 2nd Battalion.


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