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Morris Sr., Joe: Navajo Code Talker Walks On

Riverside, California

Funeral services were held for Navajo Code Talker JOE MORRIS, SR, 85, on July 25, at the East Hills Community Church in Riverside. Interment followed at the National Cemetery, in Riverside. Joe was born in 1926. He passed away July 17, 2011.
   
Joe was raised on the Navajo Reservation in Indian Wells, Arizona. He fudged on his age to obtain a draft registration card and joined the Marines in 1944 at the age of 17. After passing physical and written tests in Phoenix, he was sent for basic training to the San Diego Marine Recruit Depot. He was then assigned to the Navajo Communications School at Camp Pendleton. There he was trained for five months in code communication skills and terms for military hardware, battlefield sites, and key officials. Joe and around 420 other Navajo Code Talkers served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II to fulfill the need the allied forces had to communicate sensitive information across the thousands of miles of ocean in the Pacific Theater. Morris and the others used a code based on the Navajo language to transmit vital communications with remarkable speed and accuracy using the only battlefield code never broken by the enemy. The code was especially difficult since Navajo is a spoken language with no reference to the terms that needed to be communicated. The Navajo Code Talkers could tell no one. This code was top secret until 1968. (Navajo Times, July 21, 2011)
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