Code Talkers played an essential role during World War II; the Japanese were never able to break their secret, tactical messages. In 2000 George Chavez Sr. was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Bush for his service during World War II.
George Chavez grew up in
George Chavez is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ernestine; eight children, Janet Harris, Loretta Chavez, Melvin Chavez, Julia Chavez, Alvin Chavez, George Chavez, Jr., and Lisa Chavez; stepchildren Nancy Chavez and Vern George; more than 30 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Irvin Chavez; and his parents Martin and Eva Chavez.
According to the Governor’s Executive Order, flags across the state will be flown at half staff in honor of Navajo Code Talker George Chavez on Tuesday, April 27, 2010.
Full text of the Executive Order follows:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2010-013
FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF STAFF IN HONOR AND
MOURNING OF NAVAJO CODE TALKER GEORGE CHAVEZ, SR.
WHEREAS, George Chavez, Sr., Navajo Code Talker, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at the age of 85 in Farmington, New Mexico;
WHEREAS, Mr. Chavez was born on January 12, 1925, in
WHEREAS, Mr. Chavez joined the Marines in May of 1943 at the age of 18. He served in the 4th Division, 25th Regiment from May 1943 to March 1945. He served during World War II as a U.S. Marine Corps Navajo Code Talker, and as a radio telephone operator. The Navajo Code Talkers participated in battles in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. The Navajo Code was the only military code never to be broken. Chavez participated in operations against enemy forces in Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian and
WHEREAS, after returning from the war, Mr. Chavez worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, El Paso Natural Gas Company and The Gas Company of
WHEREAS, Mr. Chavez is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ernestine Chavez; children Janet Harris, Loretta Chavez, Melvin Chavez, Julia Chavez, Alvin Chavez, George Chavez, Jr., and Lisa Chavez; stepchildren Nancy Chavez and Vern George. He was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Eva Chavez and his son, Irvin Chavez; and
WHEREAS, George Chavez, Sr.’s service and dedication to
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Richardson, Governor of the State of
ATTEST DONE AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE THIS
23rd DAY OF APRIL, 2010
MARY HERRERA WITNESS MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL
SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE STATE OF
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