On Sunday, January 13th, news broke that one of America’s true legends passed away. 9-year-old Alfred K. Newman was a man who left his mark on the world by becoming one of the country’s very last Navajo Code Talkers.
Navajo Code Talkers were bilingual Navajo speaking individuals who were recruited by the Marines to aide in communication during World War II.
According to CNN, “Newman was one of a group of Navajos who learned a secret, unbreakable language that was used to send information on tactics, troop movements and orders over the radio and telephone during WWII.”
“The code was indecipherable to the Japanese and a key factor in American military victories at Iwo Jima, Saipan, and several other major battles in the Pacific theater. At Iwo Jima, code talkers passed over 800 error-free messages in a 48-hour period,” the source continued.
Their role was so powerful and crucial that, had it not been for their diligent dedication and service, the Marines would not have been able to win over Iwo Jima in the war.
“Newman served from 1943-1945 in the 1st Battalion, 21 Marine Regiment and 3rd marine Division and saw duty at Bougainville Island, Guam, Iwo Jima, Kwajalein Atoll, Enewetak Atoll, New Georgia, and New Caledonia,” FOX News reports.
Following the news of his passing, the U.S. Marine’s official Twitter account posted in honor of his memory. “Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman passed away at 94 years old this past Sunday. Newman served with the 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd marine Division during WWII, including Iwo Jima, Guam, and other island campaigns.”
Their final words spoke volumes. They ended the tribute with, “Semper Fi, Marine.”
Please be in prayer for Newman’s bride of 69 years as she mourns the loss of her beloved husband, along with their five children and 13 grandchildren. Thank you, Mr. Newman, for all of your dedication and valliant work serving our great country.