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Oliver, Willard Varnell: Walks on

ARIZONA, Lukachukai – Funeral services were held for WILLARD VARNELL OLIVER, 88, on October 17 at St. Isabel Catholic Church. He passed away October 14, 2009, of health problems related to injuries he had received in a car-pedestrian accident two years ago.

Oliver grew up between Shiprock and Farmington and graduated from the Shiprock Agricultural High School in 1940. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on March 23, 1943, and served in the South Pacific with the 2nd Marine Division. He was a Navajo Code Talker in World War II, later receiving the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Congressional Silver Medal for his service. He was honorably discharged on December 11, 1945. (Navajo Times, October 22, 2009)

 

 

 

 

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