Flags to Fly at Half-Staff on Navajo Nation to Honor Code Talker Ernest Yazhe

A screenshot of a video featuring Ernest Yazhe in 2013 produced by the Utah National Guard. Courtesy of Utah National Guard/YouTube

Courtesy of Utah National Guard/YouTube

Published January 16, 2016

WINDOW ROCK– The Navajo Nation Office of President and Vice President announced flags will fly at half-staff on the Navajo Nation from January 19 – 22, 2016 to honor Navajo Code Talker Ernest Yazhe, who walked on Tuesday. Code Talker Yazhe was 92.

Yazhe was stationed and trained as a Code Talker in New Caledonia and fought as a Navajo Code Talker in both Guam and Okinawa during World War II. Yazhe served in the U.S. Marine Corps with courage, honor and distinction from 1942 to February 1946 when he was honorably discharged.

“It is always a great loss when one of our iconic Navajo Code Talkers leaves us. Mr. Yazhe was honored and revered not only by our Navajo people but also honored and recognized on a national level,” said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.

“Our world, as it exists today, would not be the same had it not been for our Code Talkers and for this we will forever be grateful,” added President Begaye.

“Our beloved Navajo Code Talkers are among the greatest generation of American citizens that put their lives on the line during World War II in defense of freedom and democracy,” Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “The Navajo language was the secret weapon that brought victory to the Allied Forces and ended the war in the Pacific.”

Vice President Nez added the Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of not only a true American hero, but a role model and positive example for the Navajo people.

President Begaye and Vice President Nez signed and issued a proclamation for all flags to be flown at half-staff in honor and memory of Code Talker Yazhe, which will be presented to the family during the interment service of Mr. Yazhe.

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