October 14, 2009
Navajo Code Talker Willard Varnell Oliver.
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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. on Wednesday ordered flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff from Oct. 15-19 in honor and recognition of Navajo Code Talker Willard Varnell Oliver of Lukachukai who died on Wednesday. He was 88. Oliver died at the Northern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System Hospital in Prescott. He was proud to be a Code Talker and had long been active in the Navajo Code Talkers Association.