Another Warrior Leaves Us

| February 5, 2020

Another Codetalker has left us

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2020/02/01/navajo-code-talker-dies-at-96-less-than-a-handful-remain/

From the article:  One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers who used their native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died.

Joe Vandever Sr. died of health complications Friday in Haystack, New Mexico, according to his family. He was 96.

Tribal leaders called Vandever a “great warrior” and a “compassionate family man” and asked Navajos to keep his spirit and his family in their prayers.

Vandever was among hundreds of Navajos who served in the Marine Corps, transmitting messages using a code based on the Navajo language. The code developed by an original group of 29 Navajos was never broken. – article

May the road rise to meet him, the winds be always at his back, and his horses strong and fast on the trail ahead….

Category: Blue Skies, Gathering of Eagles, Historical, Marine Corps

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  1. Roh-Dog says:

    Rest Easy Sir. Thank you for your example while on terrestrial TDY.

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Vandever.

  3. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    Good hunting, warrior brother.

  4. Sparks says:

    Rest in peace Brother.

  5. ninja says:

    Mr. Vandever’s Funeral is today:

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2020/02/05/navajo-code-talkers-death-joe-vandever-sr-funeral-service-new-mexico/4657839002/

    “The public viewing was Tuesday in Gallup, New Mexico. His funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday at the El Morro Theatre in Gallup and his burial will be Thursday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”

    Rest In Peace, Sir. Salute.

    Thank You, Ex, for sharing.

  6. 5th/77th FA says:

    Godspeed and Farewell Warrior Joe Vandever Sr. I am sure that you were welcomed into Valhalla by the Spirits of all of the Warrior Brothers who were awaiting your arrival. Rest Easy Good Sir; A grateful Nation Salutes your Service and we pay Honors to you.

    Saw a blurb about him on a news feed this weekend. Thanks for posting Mi’Lady. The 4th linky goes to the notice for Code Talker Flemming Begaye Sr. (died of health complications)

    Thanks to ninja for the added linky.

  7. 5th/77th FA says:

    This popped up while I was looking at something else. 105 yo Lady Navaho Warrior Nurse.

    https://www.warhistoryonline.com/news/veteran-4.html?fbclid=IwAR1xzq5-A18t3xCmPlX6oA8d-jLlLTNBTutwvvu7C9_H7BITkCg0SWL_vgA

  8. Old NFO says:

    Rest in Peace, Sir. Rest in Peace.