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 Joe Palmer

Joe Palmer

Birth
USA
Death 18 Nov 2006 (aged 84)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Burial Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 16889965 · View Source
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One of the last of the Navajo Code Talkers from World War II. As a Marine in World War II, Palmer and 28 other Code Talkers used their native language to transmit military messages on enemy tactics, Japanese troop movements and other battlefield information by telephone and radio. The Code Talkers took part in every assault the Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. Their work was impossible for the enemy to decode. After the war, Palmer and the others were told to keep the Navajo code a secret. Even after the information was declassified in 1968, they were reluctant to discuss it or take credit for their deeds. Surviving members received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2000 for their service. Four are still alive. Joe died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at age 84.


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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 3 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16889965
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joe Palmer (10 Mar 1922–18 Nov 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16889965, citing Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .