Heroic World War II Veteran and Original Navajo Code Talker John Brown, Jr., Dies at Age 88
John Brown, Jr. December 24, 1921-May 20, 2009
John died Wednesday morning, May 20, 2009 at his home in Crystal, New Mexico. He was born December 24, 1921 in a traditional Navajo hogan on the rim of Canyon de Chelly, Arizona into the Coyote Pass Clan for the Cliff Dwellers Clan. John Brown, Jr. is survived by his wife Loncie Polacca Brown, and his children Dorothy Whilden, Preston Brown, Everette Brown, Virgil Brown and Frank Brown. His other children were the late Dale Brown and the late Ruth Ann McCombs. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great grand children.
John served in the Marine Corps as one of the renowned “Original 29 Navajo Code Talkers” who developed a secret code, which was never deciphered by the Japanese and contributed to victory in the Pacific theater of the war and the saving of thousands of GIs.
He was trained as a welder, journeyman and master carpenter and cabinetmaker. He was elected a Navajo Tribal Council Delegate in 1962, serving until 1982. He also served as Crystal Chapter president for three terms. John also served the Navajo Nation as a traditional counselor for the Division of Social Services in Chinle, Arizona.
By E. McCombs, Family Member
God Bless and Keep the Brave and Brilliant Navajo Code Talkers! Thank you for your excellent, important service to the United States of America. Your code changed history.