Navajo Nation Loses Another Code Talker at Age 90

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The Navajo Nation has lost another Code Talker.

George Smith, 90, of Sundance, N.M., died Tuesday at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, according to a news release from the Office of President and Vice President.

Smith enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 and was trained as a code talker.

He achieved the rank of corporal while serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II and fought in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, and Ryukyu Islands and served in Hawaii, Japan and Okinawa.

He served as a Code Talker with his brother Albert Smith.

He was a member of the Navajo Code Talkers Association and the Church Rock Veterans Organization.

Smith was born June 15, 1922 in Mariano Lake, N.M. and attended school at Crownpoint and Fort Wingate, N.M.

He earned his diesel mechanic credentials in Chicago.

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