2013 Memorials: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Wilfred Billey
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Code Talker, whose words are inscribed on congressional medals given to his group and who fought to have a World War II comrade recognized for his service, died Thursday in New Mexico.
Wilfred Billey died at his home in Farmington following a short illness, said his daughter, Barbara. He was 90.
He was one of hundreds of Navajo Code Talkers who stumped the Japanese during World War II by relaying messages in their native language.