One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died. David Patterson, Sr., died Sunday in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, from pneumonia.
He was 94. He served in the Marine Corps in World War II and was the recipient of the Silver Congressional Medal of Honor. Funeral services are to take place in Shiprock at a time to be determined. In a statement, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye called Patterson “a national treasure.”