A Navajo Code Talker who fought in World War II has died at the age of 97.
Fleming Begaye Sr., a member of the top-secret Navajo Code Talker program that developed an unbreakable code language during World War II, reportedly died yesterday, according to Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. He served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945 and fought in the Battle of Tarawa and the Battle of Tinian.
Begaye was part of the group of Navajo who provided the key codes that were unable to be broken by Japanese forces during the war, proving to be major factors in several U.S. victories throughout the war. He was one of three surviving code talkers who were honored at the White House in November 2017.