Death of John Brown, Jr.

May 20, 2009
Phoenix, Arizona

One of the original 29 Navajo "Code Talkers" who developed a code based on their native language to help in WWII
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PHOENIX , Arizona - John Brown Jr., a Navajo Code Talker who was part of the original group recruited to develop what became an unbreakable code that confounded the Japanese during World War II, died Wednesday. He was 88.

Tribal officials confirmed the death of Brown, who was from Crystal, N.M.

Several hundred Navajos served as Code Talkers during the war, but a group of 29 that included Brown developed the code based on their native language. Their role in the war wasn't...

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