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One of last Native American code talkers dies

By KRISTI EATON, AP Published: April 10, 2014
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Edmond Harjo, one of the last remaining Native American code talkers, has died. He was 96.

The Swearingen Funeral Home says Harjo died March 31 at Mercy Hospital in Ada. Harjo’s nephew, Richard Harjo, says his uncle had a heart attack.

Harjo, a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, was one of the last surviving members of a group of American Indians who used their native language to outwit the enemy and protect U.S. battlefield communications during World Wars I and II.

Harjo traveled to Washington D.C. last November to take part in a ceremony where congressional leaders bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, on American Indian code talkers.

A funeral service was held for Harjo on April 4.

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