Last original Code Talker, Chester Nez, was uncle of Wind River Reservation woman

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – The last of the original 29 Word War II Navajo Code Talkers died June 4th in New Mexico. Chester Nez, who served in the U.S. Marines, was the uncle of Jolene Catron, who provided this photo of her family and her uncle.

Jolene attended the funeral services for her famous uncle and returned this week. She gave permission to use this video tribute of her uncle, one of the heroes of WWII whose efforts helped defeat the Japanese. To watch the video, click here.




  1. Daniel Goich

    Pretty cool.

  2. Lisa Reichert

    Thanks for sharing his amazing history, Jolene!

  3. Nancy Nez-Johnson

    It was an honor to be a part of his family. He was my uncle on his brother's side (Coolidge). We were honored to see him 2 years ago. Thank you Uncle Chester

  4. BillieJo Santee

    Thank you for Sharing!

  5. Marion Dickinson

    The Navajo Code Talkers had a great deal to do with the US winning WW11. They deserved every bit of recognition they got and more.

  6. Kit Collings

    Thank you for your service

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