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Navajo code talker from New Mexico dies

CHICHILTAH, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Code Talker has died in New Mexico.

Kee Etsicitty was 92 years old when he died on Tuesday, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council said in a news release. He lived in the community of Chichiltah, about 25 miles from Gallup.

The Navajo Nation Council held a moment of silence for Etsicitty and flags will be flown at half-staff in his honor.

Etsicitty joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943, helping use the Navajo language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II.

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