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Sam Billison, Navajo Code Talker, laid to rest

Family, friends and fellow U.S. Marines attended the funeral service for Sam Billison, one of the most prominent Navajo Code Talkers.

Billison was remembered for his dedication to education. He was the first Navajo to graduate from the University of Arizona with a doctorate in school administration. He served as a teacher, principal and superintendent.

Billison was president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association and was often the public face of the Navajo soldiers who fought in World War II. He received a Congressional silver medal for his efforts.

Billison died on November 17. He was around 78 or 79.

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Billison is laid to rest (The Gallup Independent 11/22)

Relevant Links:
Navajo Code Talkers -
Sen. Jeff Bingaman's Code Talkers' Site -
Harrison Lapahie Jr's Code Talkers' Site -

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