Keith Little served as a Navajo Code Talker with the US Marine Corps from December of 1943 until after the war. He fought in numerous engagements of WWII, including battles in the Marshall Islands, Sai Pan, and Iwo Jima. Like most of the Navajo Code Talkers, he wasn't aware of the significance of his contribution to the war effort until much later in life. It was only then that he understood the importance of documenting their story for posterity. In conversation about his hopes for the new museum, he speaks with certitude of his desire to teach the younger generations of the importance of striving for excellence and of serving above and beyond the call of duty. Promoting a greater understanding of the Navajo culture, traditions and way of life is a cause he also holds dear. When asked why he chose to go to war, he answers simply: "[because] the Japanese made a sneak attack on the US," adding that he wanted "to protect our people, land and country." Famed Navajo Code Talker Passes Away January 4, 2012 With great sadness, the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation announces the death of Keith M. Little, USMC 4th Marine Division – WWII, Navajo Code Talker, and leader of the Navajo Code Talkers. Mr. Little died Tuesday evening, January 3rd, at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance Arizona. He was 87 years old. The driving force of the National Navajo Code Talkers Museum & Veterans Center project, a national treasure – his vision will carry the Foundation forward. His valor, and that of all of the Navajo Code Talkers will be forever honored through the completion of the Museum & Veterans Center. Mr. Little’s wife, Nellie, stressed her husbands’ commitment and dedication to the project and urges everyone to continue supporting and working to make their dream a reality. The family will receive family, relatives and friends at a Family Meeting beginning at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 5th at the Crystal Chapter House in Crystal, New Mexico. Donations toward the funeral expense will be accepted at this time. A public memorial service is being planned for Friday, January 6th in Window Rock, Arizona, with the funeral service scheduled for Saturday, January 7th in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Further details will be provided as they become available. In lieu of floral tributes, his wife Nellie and his family, encourage contributions be made to the National Navajo Code Talkers Museum & Veterans Center project in his honor. He had a deep commitment to preserving the legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers and the Navajo language, along with a high regard for all Veterans and the men and woman of the Armed Forces. Donations to support the Museum & Veterans project that Mr. Little envisioned and was very much committed to can be made through the website: www.navajocodetalkers.org or by contacting Wynette Arviso at 505-870-9167 or via email email@example.com. A proud Marine, a revered veteran of WWII, deep devotion to his family, and an engaging, kind, and noble man – he will be sorely missed and a loss to the country as well. Contact information: Erny Zah, firstname.lastname@example.org Public Information Officer, Navajo Nation Office of the President cell 928-380-0771 Wynette Arviso, email@example.com Navajo Code Talkers Foundation 505-870-9167 Funeral Arrangements for Keith M. Little Funeral arrangements for Navajo Code Talker Keith M. Little 1:00pm, Friday, January 6, 2012 Memorial Service Nakai Hall, Navajo Nation Fairgrounds, Window Rock, Arizona 10:00am, Saturday, January 7, 2012 Funeral Service Family Church Assembly of God, Fort Defiance, Arizona Burial immediately following Funeral Service Family Plot in Crystal, New Mexico Reception following Burial Crystal Chapter House, Crystal, New Mexico Funeral Expense Contributions Donations to cover funeral expense can be made to the Keith M Little Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank Floral Tributes In lieu of floral tributes, the family would like to have donations made in honor of Keith M Little to the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation to support the building of the National Navajo Code Talkers Museum & Veterans Center at www.navajocodetalkers.org or by postal mail: Museum Donation – KML PO Box 1266 Window Rock, AZ 86515 Flags at Half Staff to Honor Navajo Code Talker January 5, 2012 Navajo Nation President Shelly has ordered the Navajo Nation flag to be flown at half-staff beginning January 5, 2012 through sundown January 8, 2012 to honor Navajo Code Talker Keith M. Little for his service to his country in World War II.
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