Only Two of Heroic Group Remain Alive
During World War II, the United States developed a code in Navajo that couldn't be cracked by the Japanese.
Only two of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers are still alive. Chester Nez, 89, recently finished his memoir that was picked up by Berkley Press last Friday.
"It's something that I remember for a long time, being one of the Navajo Code Talkers," Nez said.
I believe something like 100 of the 400 Navajo codetalkers (original and unoriginal) are still alive. It's not clear whether Nez is the first Navajo codetalker or the first original Navajo codetalker to write a memoir. If he's the first original but the second or fifth or tenth overall, it's not quite as noteworthy.
For more on the subject, see Codetalkers at the Stock Exchange and Choctaw Codetalker Documentary.