Navajo code talker is honored as a ‘warrior’

Joe Hosteen Kellwood, who died on Monday at the Veterans Hospital in Phoenix, was a Navajo code talker with the 1st Marine Division during World War II.

While he saw combat at Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, Mr. Kellwood’s main role in the war was as one of more than 400 Navajo code talkers who took advantage of their complex and little-known language to help the US military transmit messages that the Japanese could not decipher.

“Kellwood served with distinction in the 1st Marine Division as a Navajo code talker, ultimately helping lead the Allied forces to victory in World War II,” said Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in a statement. “Let us never forget the countless contributions that code talkers made to our state and our country.” READ MORE.