LOW MOUNTAIN, Ariz. (AP) — Flags are flying at half-staff across the Navajo Nation in honor of a Code Talker.
The tribe says 87-year-old Lee Begay died Monday in Flagstaff. Services were scheduled Thursday in Low Mountain.
Begay was one of hundreds of Navajos trained to transmit messages in a code based on the then-unwritten Navajo language. The Code Talkers sent thousands of messages without error on Japanese troop movements, battlefield tactics and other communications, helping the U.S. win World War II.
Navajo President Ben Shelly calls Begay a hero and says he'll be praying for him.