Last Hopi Code Talker Dies at 93 Oct 28, 2010 Rex Pooyouma of Hotevilla was one of 10 Hopis on secret WWII mission. Rex Pooyouma of Hotevilla, Ariz., described as the last of the Hopi Code Talkers, died Oct. 23 at the age of 93, the online Navajo-Hopi Observer reported. Flags were flown at half-staff on the Hopi Reservation through Wednesday in honor of Pooyouma at the order of Hopi Tribal Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa, according to the Observer. Pooyouma, who was born June 20, 1917, was identified earlier this year as having been a Hopi Code Talker, part of a secret Native American Code Talker Communications Network assigned to the 380th Bombardment Group, V Bomber Command, Fifth Air Force in the Pacific command during World War II, the Observer said. “It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Mr. Rex Pooyouma in the early morning of Saturday, Oct. 23,” Eugene Talas, director of the Office of Hopi Veterans Services, told the Hopi chairman and Tribal Council. “He was laid to rest later the same day at his home village of Hotevilla. We wish to extend our sincere sympathies and prayers to the family members on the passing of Pooyouma, who was a quiet and revered Hopi.” According to Talas, Pooyouma was the last of 10 Hopi Code Talkers, who were credited with saving the lives of numerous soldiers by using their Hopi language to communicate secret-code messages in combat, according to the report. Pooyouma was honorably discharged in November 1945 as a Private First Class, having earned the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Medal, the Observer said.
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