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Navajo Code Talker Jerry C. Begay Sr. (Courtesy photo)

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Navajo Code Talker Jerry Begay Sr. passes away on Memorial Day

Jerry C. Begay Sr. earned Congressional Silver Medal

Navajo Code Talker Jerry C. Begay Sr., passed away on Memorial Day, May 26 in Albuquerque, N.M. A Purple Heart recipient, Begay served in Tarawa during the American invasion of the Japanese island. Begay served with distinction and was honorably discharged in 1945. Begay, 83, was awarded the Congressional Silver Medal for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Code Talker in November 2001.