Navajo code talker George James Sr. has passed away at 92 years of age.
James, born and raised in Red Valley on the Navajo Nation, volunteered when he was only 17-years-old for the US Marine Corps during the Second World War and became a code talker. He was one of the many tribal members who used their native language to issue orders and instructions that confounded the Japanese.
James served with the 5th Marine Division attaining the rank of corporal.
He saw action in the Battle of Iwo Jima and later returned to the island’s Mount Suribachi for the 60th anniversary of the flag-raising.
After returning to Arizona, James married and had numerous children. He earned his livelihood as a miner and in time served 15 years as a Navajo Nation Council representative, AZFamily.com reported.
Arizona Sen. Carlyle Begay said he was saddened by the passing of an American hero and offered his condolences to the family. George inspired his community by demonstrating public service, sacrifice, and patriotism. His absence will be felt by the community. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey described James as an American hero who courageously served the United States,