On January 12th, Ernest Yazhe passed away in Utah. The 92-year-old Marine Corps veteran was one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers. Never heard of them? The elite unit helped the US defeat the Japanese during World War II.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

"Born in Naschitti, New Mexico, Yazhe joined the U.S. Marines when he was 19 years old. He became one of the hundreds of Code Talkers who played a vital combat role by transmitting battlefield messages in an unbreakable Navajo-based radio code...The Code Talkers, as they came to be known, began with 29 recruits who joined the Marines in the spring of 1942. Yazhe enlisted in September 1942, at age 19, shortly after his graduation from the Albuquerque Indian School."

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