One of famed Navajo Code Talkers dies LOW MOUNTAIN, Ariz. — Flags are flying at half-staff across the Navajo Nation in honor of a Code Talker. The tribe says 87-year-old Lee Begay died Monday in Flagstaff. Services were scheduled today in Low Mountain. Begay was one of hundreds of 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 the U.S. win World War II. Navajo President Ben Shelly calls Begay a hero and says he’ll be praying for him. Navajo President Ben Shelly Honors Fallen Code Talker Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly commemorates the recent passing of Navajo Code Talker Lee H. Begay, 87, who passed away Monday in Flagstaff, Ariz. President Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation flag to be flown at half-staff in honor of Code Talker Begay beginning Thursday, Nov. 14 through Nov. 18. “Code Talker Begay’s honorable service to our country is a reminder of how much our warriors have contributed to the security of the United States and the great Navajo Nation. With the service of our Code Talkers in World War II, especially in the South Pacific and in Europe, we were able to shorten this horrible war and provide for the security of our land. The Navajo Nation is eternally thankful for his service and heroic deeds for our country. I call upon all Navajo people to join first lady Martha Shelly, Vice President Rex Lee Jim and myself in prayers for the family of Code Talker Begay during this difficult time.” Services for Code Talker Begay are scheduled to take place today in Low Mountain, Arizona.
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