Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr.
Published May 15, 2019
WINDOW ROCK – On Wednesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed a proclamation ordering all flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff on May 17 in honor and remembrance of Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr., who passed away on May 10 at the age of 97 in Chinle, Arizona.
“The Navajo Nation is saddened by the passing of another brave and selfless Diné warrior. The Nation is truly grateful for Code Talker Begaye’s sacrifices and those of his family, to defend the freedom and liberty of our country,” said President Nez. “May the Creator bless his family, friends, and community with strength and comfort.”
Begaye was Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan) and born for Kinłichii’nii (Red House People Clan). He was born on Aug. 26, 1921, in the community of Red Valley, Arizona and resided in Chinle, Arizona at the time of his passing. He had three children with his late wife, Helen M. Begaye, who passed away in 2008.
Begaye served as a Navajo Code Talker in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945, and fought in the Battle of Tarawa and the Batter of Tinian during World War II, and was later awarded the Congressional Silver Medal of Honor.
Following his service, Begaye returned to the Navajo Nation where he owned and operated “Begaye’s Corner” trading post in the community of Chinle, where he also lived with his wife and children.
“We ask all of our people throughout the Navajo Nation and beyond to join us on May 17 in saying a prayer for our beloved Code Talker and to honor his life by lowering all flags across Navajo land,” said Vice President Lizer.
The funeral service for Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr. is scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Potter’s House Christian Center in Chinle, Arizona.