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Cole Mourns Loss of Edmond Harjo

April 10, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the passing of Edmond Harjo. A member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Harjo was one of the last surviving Native American code talkers. 

“I was deeply grieved to hear about the loss of a true military hero and inspirational figure to generations of Native Americans,” said Cole. “During the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony last year that honored code talkers from 33 tribes, I had the opportunity to meet Edmond Harjo and participate in the ceremony that recognized his bravery during World War II. Because he took great pride in his unique heritage, Harjo and other Native American soldiers were able to encrypt and transfer wartime messages and ultimately prevent highly-sensitive information from being intercepted by the enemy. His service and bravery will surely live on.”