On March 3, Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District honored the life of Navajo Code Talker Joe Silversmith, who passed away on March 1 at the age of 86.
In Luján’s speech he stated, “As a Navajo Code Talker, Corporal Silversmith earned the Silver Congressional Medal of Honor for his service during World War II when he answered the call of duty and served his country in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946. Corporal Silversmith was part of an invaluable group of Navajo men who transmitted secret communications during the war that contributed to victory for the Allied forces.”
Silversmith is survived by his wife, Ramona, two daughters and six grandchildren. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Thoreau, N.M.