Navajo Code Talker George Smith Dies at 90By: Chad Sweely - November 2, 2012
Flags all around the country are positioned at half mast today to honor a brave and noble American Indian George Smith, who aided in the United States’ defeat against the Japanese forces during World War II by sending encrypted messages in the Native American tongue.
George Smith’s involvement with the military started in 1943 when he enlisted as a Navajo Code Talker for the Marine Corps. Smith was then later promoted to Corporal, transmitting tactical information in Navajo code in various battles, such as: Siapan, Tinian, and Ryukyu Islands. Smith also served in Okinawa, Hawaii and, Japan. During this time, Smith earned a Congressional Silver Medal for his talents and efforts in the service.
Smith later moved to Fort Defiance, Arizona, where he became a shop foreman, and concluded his career with the Navajo Engineering Construction Authority in Shiprock, New Mexico, working as a heavy equipment mechanic. Smith then retired in Sundance, Wyoming. All of these places are census-designated Native American regions.
On Wednesday, November 30th, George Smith passed away from natural causes at the age of 90. The Twitterverse has remembered this brave code talker with the following respects:
One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers, George Smith, has died at the age of 90. We owe these men a debt of gratitude. #azsen
George Smith (WWII Navajo Code Talker) rest in peace. Thanks for your service.
RIP George Smith. Thank you and other #Navajo Code Talkers for your intelligent service to the USA.
RIP George Smith. A singer may have saved a life but you saved the world. In moments like that im proud to be navajo.