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Navajo Code Talker Tom Jones dies at NM hospital

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- Flags will be flying at half-staff across the Navajo Nation later this week in honor of Code Talker Tom Jones Jr.

The Navajo Nation said Jones died Monday at a Farmington hospital after a battle with pneumonia and other medical conditions. He was 89.

Jones served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 through 1945. He was a messenger for the 3rd Division, Unit 297 Navajo Code Talkers 767 and the Navajo Code Talkers 642 platoons based at Camp Pendleton.

His family remembered him as a private, simple and caring man. He is survived by three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday morning at the Dine Christian Center in Shiprock.

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