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World War II History - November 9, 2012

Q: This Sunday is Veterans Day! And on Monday…a 91-year-old man, who was a Navajo Code Talker during World War II, will receive his degree from the University of Kansas. What's the name of this veteran whose code-talking skills helped win the war in the Pacific?

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Chester Nez - Navajo Code Talker (Flickr Photo Courtesy of Fronteras Desk)

A: Chester Nez

Chester-Nez Flickr_Fronteras-DeskChester Nez, a 91-year-old man who was a Navajo Code Talker in World War II, will receive his degree from the University of Kansas next week. Nez was one of the original 29 Code Talkers in an all-Navajo Marine platoon who created a secret code based on their language and used by troops in World War II. 

Nez had to leave KU in 1952 after three years because his GI Bill funds ran out. He'll finally receive his KU degree on Monday. Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback will attend the ceremony. Nez also will receive gifts from the city of Lawrence, the KU Alumni Association, Haskell Indian Nations University and the Native Faculty and Staff Council at Kansas.

You can read more about his story in The Lawrence Journal-World.

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