Navajo Code Talker Tom Jones passes on

tom-jones-navajo-code-talkerAnother Navajo hero has passed.

Flags on the Navajo Nation are being flown at half-staff in honor of Navajo Code Talker Tom Jones, Jr. until sunset on May 17, 2014.

“The Navajo Nation has lost another hero and role model to our people. We are saddened by the loss of Tom Jones, Jr. and the Nation sends our condolences and prayers to his family,” President Shelly said.

Jones passed on May 12 at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. after a battle with pneumonia and other medical conditions. He was 89 years old.

His service in the U.S. Marine Corps began on Nov. 16, 1943 and he was honorably discharged on Dec. 30, 1945.

Jones was a messenger for U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Division, Unit 297 Navajo Code Talkers 767 and Navajo Code Talkers 642 Platoons at Camp Pendleton.

“Our father was a private, humble, simple, caring and giving father, grandfather, brother, friend and comrade,” said daughter Carmelita Nelson. “His heart was caring, his mind was strict, his life was blessed and his soul was graceful.”

Funeral services will take place on May 17 at the Diné Christian Center in Shiprock, N.M., beginning at 10 a.m.

An account with Wells Fargo Bank has been established for donations under account number 2221454164. Jones leaves behind three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


  1. Walk in beauty. Rest in peace and condolences to your family. Thanks for your service.

  2. Nin hokeh bi-kheh a-na-ih-la
    Ta-al-tso-go na-he-seel-kai
    Nih-bi-kah-gi do tah kah-gi
    Ta-al-tso-go en-da-de-pah
    Tsi-di-da-an-ne ne-tay-yah
    Ay be nihe hozeen
    Washindon be Akalh Bi-kosi-la
    Ji-lengo ba-hozhon

    Ni-he da-na-ah-taj ihla
    Yel khol-go e-e-ah
    Day-ne tal-al-tso go enta-she-jah
    Tal-tso-go entas-se-pah
    Ha-kaz dineh-ih be-hay-jah
    Ado ta aokhek-ash-shen
    Do ni-din-da-hi ol-yeh
    Washindon be Akalh-bi Khos

    Hozo-go nay-yeltay to
    A-na-oh bi-keh de-dlihn
    Ni-hi-keh di-dlini ta-etin
    Yeh-wol-ye hi-he a-din
    Sila-go-tsoi do chah-lakai
    Ya-ansh-go das dez e e
    Washindon be Akalh-bi Kosi la

  3. How many of these heroes are left to us, now?

    One must remember that the Code Talkers were never “conscript soldiers” – most of them had to be told to go back home and wait their turn to come up in the draft (WW2, by the way, was the first war in which they were even subject to the draft – every First American was a “pure” volunteer before that time). Considering conditions at the time, the vast majority of them could have easily avoided service – instead, they had (and have) the highest per-capita service rate of any group.

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