Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Navajo Code Talker Tom Jones Jr. dies in Farmington

A Navajo Code Talker from Hogback has died in Farmington. Tom Jones Jr., 89, died Monday at San Juan Regional Medical Center of pneumonia and other medial conditions, according to a press release from the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President. He was part of a group of soldiers who used the Navajo language to communicate military messages during the Pacific battles of World War II. Jones was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 26, 1943, and was honorably discharged on Dec. 30, 1945. He served as a messenger for the 3rd Division, Unit 297 Navajo Code Talkers 767 and the Navajo Code Talkers 642 platoons based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. After his service, he worked for Navajo Mine in Fruitland. Among the awards Jones received for his military service is the Congressional Silver Medal, which is displayed in his home in Tse Daa Kaan Chapter. "Our father was a private, humble, simple, caring and giving father, grandfather, brother, friend and comrade. His heart was caring, his mind was strict, his life was blessed and his soul was graceful," said Carmelita Nelson, Jones' daughter, in the press release. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed a proclamation to have tribal flags flown at half-staff from Wednesday through Saturday in honor of Jones...more

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