One of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, Alfred K. Newman, died on Sunday, January 13, in New Mexico. He was 94.
Alfred, who served in the Marine Corps and outsmarted the Japanese using his native language in World War II by creating an uncrackable code, passed away at a nursing home in Bloomfield.
He was among hundreds of Navajos who were serving in the Marine Corps.
His death was confirmed by The Marines, who took to Twitter on Tuesday, January 16, to share the tragic news of his passing, writing,
Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman passed away at 94 years old this past Sunday. Newman served with 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division during WWII, including Iwo Jima, Guam, and other island campaigns.
Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman passed away at 94 years old this past Sunday. Newman served with 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division during WWII, including Iwo Jima, Guam, and other island campaigns.— U.S. Marines (@USMC) January 16, 2019
Semper Fi, Marine. pic.twitter.com/6GbEXtLxK2
Tribal President Russell Begaye paid tribute to Alfred in a statement to The Arizona Republic. He told the newspaper, "Navajo Code Talker Alfred Newman was a hero, and he stood amongst giants".
We will be forever grateful for his contributions and bravery, as well as that of each and every one of our Navajo Code Talkers. They are national treasures.
According to the Republic report, Alfred's death leaves eight surviving code talkers.
He is survived by his wife Betsy; five children; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for the late Navajo will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Alfred K. Newman!
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