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WWII in the News – Navajo Code Talker Joe Morris, Sr.

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Joe Morris, Sr., decorated Navajo Code Talker, was born April 19, 1926, on the Navajo Nation Reservation at Indian Wells, Arizona. His family had no electricity and he received very little formal education. Morris worked on the family farm tending sheep and horses. He jokingly likened his great grandfather to a drill sergeant, ordering him up early to work and telling him that washing up in the snow would make him stronger. Morris was 17 and working in an ore mine when he was drafted (he had lied about his age on the draft card to get a job). Trained at the Navajo Communications School at Camp Pendleton, he spent two years in the Pacific with the 6th Marine Division 22nd Regiment as a code talker making stops in Guam, the Guadalcanal, Saipan, Okinawa and Tinstao, China until he was discharged as a corporal in 1946.

Morris passed away July 17, 2011 at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, in Loma Linda, California.

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One Response to “WWII in the News – Navajo Code Talker Joe Morris, Sr.”

Peggy Salmon says:

R.I.P Joe. You’re sacrafice for this Country will never be forgotten….nor will the man who gave so much for so many.
Semper Fi Marine!

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