FARMINGTON, NM (AP/CBS5) - The Navajo Nation has announced the death of another World War II Navajo Code Talker. Tom Jones Jr. died May 12 at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. where he was being treated for pneumonia and other medical conditions. He was 89 years old. "Our father was a private, humble, simple, caring and giving father, grandfather, brother, friend and comrade," said daughter Carmelita Nelson. "His heart was caring, his mind was strict, his life was blessed and his soul was graceful." Jones served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Nov. 16, 1943 until Dec. 30, 1945 when he was honorably discharged. He was a messenger for the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Division, Unit 297, Navajo Code Talkers 767, and Navajo Code Talkers 642 Platoons at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Ca. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has ordered flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff in honor of Jones, from sunrise on May 14 to sunset on May 17. "The Navajo Nation has lost another hero and role model to our people," said Shelly. "We are saddened by the loss of Tom Jones, Jr. and the Nation sends our condolences and prayers to his family. Funeral services will take place on May 17 at the Diné Christian Center in Shiprock, N.M., beginning at 10 a.m. An account has been set up with Wells Fargo Bank. Donations can be made at any branch to account number: 2221454164. Jones leaves behind three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
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