Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, died Wednesday morning.
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Navajo President Ben Shelly ordered flags be flown at half staff in Window Rock, the Navajo reservation capital. Nez was the last living member of the U.S. Marines who created the first unbreakable code that baffled the Japanese during World War II.
Nez, 93, died of kidney failure, according to family members. He lived in Albuquerque, N.M., with his son Michael Nez.
“He was a very important man in my life and I will always speak his name,” Michael Nez said in a telephone interview. “I’m going to miss him very much.”