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Last of Navajo Code Talkers dies

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Chester Nez was one of 29 credited with creating the Navajo-based code used to mask U.S. military communications during the war. (Source: Chester Nez/CNN) Chester Nez was one of 29 credited with creating the Navajo-based code used to mask U.S. military communications during the war. (Source: Chester Nez/CNN)

(CNN) - The last member of a select group of World War II veterans died Wednesday.

Chester Nez was the last of the original group of Navajo Indian Code Talkers.

Nez was one of 29 credited with creating the Navajo-based code used to mask U.S. military communications during the war.

Navajo was chosen as a code language because it had no written form and was nearly impossible for a non-Navajo to learn.

The Japanese military never broke the code.

Nez was just a teenager when the Marine Corps recruited him in 1942.

He served with the 382 Platoon acting as a code talker in the battles of Guadalcanal, Guam and Peleliu.

President George W. Bush awarded Nez the Congressional Gold Medal in 2001.

He died in his sleep at his home in Albuquerque, NM at the age of 93.

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