Allen Dale June, Code Talker, Dies at 91
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Allen Dale June, one of the 29 original Navajo code talkers who confounded the Japanese during World War II by transmitting messages in their native language, died Wednesday in Prescott, Ariz. He was 91.
Allen Dale June
He died of natural causes, said his wife, Virginia.
With Mr. June’s death, only two of the original code talkers are still living.
They took part in every assault the Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945, sending thousands of messages without error on Japanese troop movements, battlefield tactics and other matters critical to the war’s outcome.
Several hundred Navajos served as code talkers during the war, but a group of 29 that included Mr. June developed the code based on their native language. Their role in the war was not declassified until 1968.
Mr. June attained the rank of sergeant. He and other original code talkers received Congressional Gold Medals in 2001.
Lawrence T. Morgan, the speaker of the tribal council, said Thursday that the Navajo Nation had lost a great warrior. “His unique service to his country brought positive attention to the Navajo Nation,” Mr. Morgan said in a statement.
Besides his wife, Mr. June is survived by 10 children.
Hey Alan Dale Yut ta ha, thank you for your service to my country, enjoy your friends who have gone before you.
Semper Fi Mr. June.