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Dan Akee, Navajo Code Talker

Birthplace: Old Coal Canyon, Navajo Reservation, AZ, USA
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Occupation: sheepherder
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About Sergeant Major Dan Akee, Navajo Code Talker

Dan Akee Date of Birth: 1922, Code Talker

Born on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, Dan Akee was sent at age six to a boarding school in nearby Tuba City. In 1942, he heard the Armed Forces were recruiting Navajos, but he couldn't pass the physical. Two years later, he volunteered again, passed, and became a member of the Code Talker team attached to the 4th Marine Division. He saw action on four Pacific islands, and by the last, Iwo Jima, he was starting to show the psychological effects of prolonged exposure to combat. After returning home, he had persistent problems with nightmares and took to drinking. When a doctor told him he had a liver disease that would be fatal, Akee stopped drinking and also turned to religion, becoming a minister in the Assembly of God church.

War: World War, 1939-1945

  • Branch: Marine Corps
  • Unit: 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
  • Service Location
  1. Iwo Jima
  2. Saipan and Tinian (Northern Mariana Islands)
  3. Marshall Islands
  4. Pacific Theater
  • Rank: Sergeant Major
  • Place of Birth: Old Coal Canyon, AZ

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Navajo Reservation, AZ, USA