Code Talker Wilford Buck
Four Navajo Code Talkers Have Walked On during Past Two Weeks
WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA — The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of two more Code Talkers. On Thursday, Navajo President Ben Shelly through proclamations ordered the Navajo Nation flags to be flown at half-mast from September 18 through September 21, 2014 in honor of the passing of Code Talkers Wilford Buck and David Jordan who walked on this week.
Buck was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Vietnam and Japan during World War II.
Jordan was stationed in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater from September 21, 1943 to December 5, 1945, fighting in the Battles of Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Iwo Jima, New Caledonia, Mariana Islands, Volcano Islands and the Hawaiian Islands.
In the past week, Navajo President Shelly issued proclamations for the families of four Code Talkers. Last week, he issued proclamations after the deaths of Guy Claushee and Robert Walley, Sr.
Code Talker David Jordan
According to the Navajo Code Talkers Associations, the four deaths have reduced the number of living members between 25 and 27.
Sadly, all members of the original 29 Code Talkers have walked on.
“This is the worst period in the time of the code talkers,” said Peter MacDonald Sr., president of the Navajo Code Talker’s Association told the Navajo Times.