Published May 11, 2019
CHINLE, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr., who walked on on Friday, May 10, 2019. Mr. Begaye was 97.
Born on August 26, 1921 in the community of Red Valley, Arizona and resided in Chinle, Arizona. Begaye is Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan) and born for Kinłichii’nii (Red House People Clan).
According to the Navajo Nation, 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. He spent a year in a naval hospital.