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Tribe Navajo Code Talker Dies in New Mexico at Age 92

Members of the elite Navajo Code Talkers attend the annual Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2009. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Members of the elite Navajo Code Talkers attend the annual Veterans Day parade in New York City on Nov. 11, 2009. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

GRANTS, N.M. -- A Navajo Code Talker has died in New Mexico at age 92.

Navajo Nation officials announced Friday that Bill Henry Toledo died Thursday in Grants.

Toledo enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942, helping use the Navajo language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II.

He served in the Pacific corridor during the war and spent three years as a Code Talker.

Toledo's daughter, Sharon Webb, says her father never disclosed he was a Code Talker until she and her mother discovered his honorary discharge papers in 1972.

Webb says her father was active in the Navajo Code Talker Association later in life.

Toledo also is survived by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Tribal officials say he will be buried Tuesday at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.

 

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