Begay, Willkie K. U.S. Marine

ARIZONA, Window Rock – A graveside funeral service was held for WILLIE K. BEGAY, 88, on June 5, 2009 at the Terresa Little residence in Forest Lake, Arizona. Burial followed at the family cemetery. Willie was born March 21, 1921, in Forest Lake, Arizona. He passed away June 1, 2009.

Willie enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944. He was sent to Camp Pendleton for special military qualification and training as a codetalker. He served with the 3rd Marine Division Signal Corps and was overseas for 11 months. He was discharged on July 5, 1946. In 2001, he received a Congressional Silver Medal in recognition of his service as a Navajo Code Talker. (Navajo-Hopi Observer, June 10, 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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