Navajo Code Talker Wilfred Billey joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 as part of the second wave of Navajo code talkers. He died on December 12, 2013 at the age of 90. He was responsible for the Navajo inscription on the group's 2001 Congressional Gold Medal.
World War II "Windtalker" - Dan Akee an actual Navajo Code Talker of the Diné Nation. He served with the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division from 1943-1945 as a Navajo Code Talker. Sergeant Major Dan Akee also served at Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinan, Marshall Islands.
John Sells (1915 - 2007) was a Navajo Code Talker during WWII. Nearly 60 years passed between the time John Sells, of Shiprock, served as a Navajo Code Talker and the day he told his family he was one of the select group.
Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions, and Marine parachute units. Other Native American code talkers were also deployed including Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota Meskwaki, and Comanche soldiers. Soldiers of Basque ancestry were also used for code talking by U.S. Marines in areas where other Basque speakers were not expected to be operating.
Native American Code talkers........ The irony is that most of these Native warriors learned English in government-sponsored Indian schools, designed to rid them of the very languages that eventually saved so many American lives.