Lloyd Oliver


CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) - A member of an elite group of Marines who developed a code based on their native language during World War II has died.

Lloyd Oliver's death Wednesday means that only one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers survives.

Oliver's nephew, Lawrence, says his uncle died at a hospice center in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale, where he had been staying for about three weeks. He was 88 years old.

Hundreds of Navajos followed in their footsteps of the original 29, sending thousands of messages without error on Japanese troop movements, battlefield tactics and other communications critical to the war's ultimate outcome.

Navajo President Ben Shelly has ordered flags lowered across the reservation from Friday through Monday in honor of Oliver.

Funeral services have not been set.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

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A little present to my greatgranpa

Granpa I wish that we had spent more time together. We will always keep you in are hart. You will be very missed

We love and miss u Grandpa Lloyd .. Your memories and wisdom carry on in our family. You have brought our family great honor.. You will always be remembered in our hearts and minds. Love your grandaughter Olivia Oliver and great grandaughter Angel.

Lloyd, the Creator greets you as we earthlings say our goodbye. You have lived your life in such a way that you can hold your head high on your last sunset. Thank you, from a white woman who has the heart of the red skin (prophecy), for the countless lives you helped save. jl Wilson (MO)

Lloyd's Family

Rest In Paradise grandpa. I'm glad you were able to meet my son. I'll always share your memory and keep you in our thoughts.
From you grand daughter, Baycee

R.I.P You've earned it. You and your brother Navajo are what helped make this country great.
May your courage and dedication live on in the "Corps." Semper-Fi Marine.I salute you.

- R.I.P grandpa Oliver .. you will be truely missed . you well known as a good father , grandparent & husband . I am very Happy that you are in a better place , then here suffering with your health. Miss You . - J B

We thank God for you every day.

The talent of you and your brother Navajos shortened WWII and helped save many lives, possibly that of my Dad's and therefore my own! Thank you and R.I.P. You are with your brave Band of Brothers once again and back on patrol in God's Honor Guard! SALUTE from a retired USN veteran and son of one of your fellow Marines who awaits your arrival.