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US Sophie Yazzie, a WWII veteran and member of the Navajo Nation, dies at 105

20:25  26 january  2020
20:25  26 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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a man and a woman looking at the camera: One of the longest living female WWII veterans, Sophie Yazzie, has passed away at the age of 105. © Arizona Department of Veteran's Services/Navajo Nation One of the longest living female WWII veterans, Sophie Yazzie, has passed away at the age of 105.

One of the longest-living female WWII veterans, Sophie Yazzie, died Saturday, Arizona Department of Veterans' Services Director Wanda Wright said in a Facebook post.

She was 105 years old.

Yazzie, a member of the Navajo Nation, was born in 1914 in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, and joined the US Army Air Corps when she was 28, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer said in a news release.

She had four children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, according to the release.

"On behalf of the Navajo people, we offer our thoughts and prayers for the family of the late Sophie Yazzie, a matriarch for her family and a warrior for our Navajo people who served our country with great honor and dignity," Nez said in a statement.

Gov. Doug Ducey also tweeted about the loss, saying "Arizona is forever grateful for her service."

Yazzie died in Tucson, surrounded by her family.

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Joe Vandever Sr., a member of the top-secret Navajo Code Talker program that developed an unbreakable code language during World War II, has died, according to Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. © Jane Phillips/The New Mexican via AP FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2011, file photo, Leland Anthony, Arizona Rep. for Indian Health Incorp., left, speaks with Navajo code talker Joe Vandever Sr. during Native American Day at the roundhouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers who used their native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died. Joe Vandever Sr.

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