RIP – WILLARD VARNELL OLIVER


EXPIRED: 10/14/09 – Willard Oliver, 88, spent much of WW2 transmitting secret U.S. military messages into a language the Japanese couldn’t understand. He was part of an elite group of native Americans known as the Navajo Code Talkers.

Oliver claimed not to have realized that many of the victories back during the war came about because of the Code Talkers.

“Sometimes I think about it,” he said, “Why did the government want to use our language when throughout school we would get our mouth washed out with soap when they caught us speaking Navajo?”

After the war, Oliver worked for the railroads, drove an ambulance, did police work and spent time as a carpenter.

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