Navajo President Ben Shelly issues proclamation honoring late Navajo Code Talker Arthur Hubbard, Sr.

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Navajo President Ben Shelly issues proclamation honoring late Navajo Code Talker Arthur Hubbard, Sr.

WINDOW ROCK—Today, the Navajo Nation mourns the loss of a living treasure, an American hero and a role model for young kids across the Nation. Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr. has passed and is no longer with us. 

Hubbard stepped forward and volunteered to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Navajo Code Talker as World War II plunged man against man and country against country from 1939 to 1945.

Beyond his military volunteerism, Hubbard also served in the Arizona Legislature from 1972 to 1984 as a senator and again worked for the Navajo people.

On Feb. 7, 2014, Hubbard passed at the age of 102. 

In honor and respect of his passing, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation Flags across the Nation to be flown at half-staff.

“The Navajo Code Talkers are living treasures of the Navajo Nation. With the passing of Arthur Hubbard, Sr., we have lost a true American hero. The Nation offers our heartfelt condolences to the family during this time,” President Shelly said.

He noted that Hubbard lived a full life at 102 years and undoubtedly saw the growth of the Navajo Nation over the past century. President said Hubbard also witnessed the strength and power of the Navajo language firsthand.

“Dine’ bizaad (the Navajo language) saved the world from tyranny and oppression. It is our language that will carry us forward into the next century and beyond,” President Shelly said. “We thank Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr. for his faithful military service and all other Code Talkers that protected our sovereignty and way of life.

“May the Holy People continue to look upon you and your families,” he added.

From 1942 to 1945, over 400 Navajo Code Talkers from the U.S. Marine Corps were trained as radiomen for service in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Their mission was not declassified until 1968 and the enemy was never able to break the code of the Navajo Code Talkers. 

In 2001, the original 29 Code Talkers were awarded Gold Congressional Medals and the remaining 225 Navajo Code Talkers received Silver Congressional Medals.

The flag of the Navajo Nation shall be flown at half-staff from sunrise on Feb. 10 until sunset on Feb. 14, 2014 at all public buildings and grounds across the Nation.

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