President Shelly orders flags at half-mast in honor of fallen Code Talker Jimmie Begay

World War II hero died Wednesday afternoon

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation flag be flown at half-staff in honor of Code Talker Sgt. Jimmie Begay, 86, who passed away Wednesday afternoon.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Sgt. Begay. His efforts to defend this country and his people make me proud. My prayers, and the prayers of the First Lady, the Vice President and the Navajo Nation are with the family," said President Shelly.

President Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation flag to be flown at half-staff from today through sundown Sunday evening.

Code Talker Begay, of Sawmill, Ariz., enlisted in the U.S. Marines in November of 1942 when he was 17-years-old. He trained to become a code talker at Camp Elliot. He then served in the 1st Marine Division, 2nd Battalion.

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