Navajo code talker Kee Etsicitty has died in New Mexico. He was 92 years old when he passed away.
He lived in the community of Chichiltah, about 25 miles from Gallup.
Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay issued a statement: “We mourn the loss of Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty. I offer my heartfelt condolences to Mr. Etsicitty’s family and friends. During World War II, Mr. Etsicitty joined the U.S. Marines and heroically served in the battles of Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima. The invaluable contributions from Navajo Code Talkers such as Kee Etsicitty helped ensure the ultimate victory of the United States in the war. Mr. Etsicitty’s passing will be felt across the Navajo Nation. Please join me in honoring the life and legacy of a great hero by praying for his family through this difficult time.”
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.