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July 22, 2005

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Last WWII Comanche Code Talker Dies Thursday, July 21, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY — Charles Chibitty (search), the last survivor of the Comanche code talkers who used their native language to transmit messages for the Allies in Europe during World War II, has died. He was 83.

Most of you have heard of the Navajo Code Talkers, who worked with the Marines in the Pacific. Fewer, far fewer, have heard of the Comanche Code Talkers, who worked with the Army in Europe.

"It's strange, but growing up as a child I was forbidden to speak my native language at school," Chibitty said in 2002. "Later my country asked me to. My language helped win the war and that makes me very proud. Very proud."

I met Mr. Chibitty. He was born about 4 miles away from where I lived when I was stationed at Fort Sill and grew up in the Lawton area and visited now and again. It was on one of his visits that I met him. He told great stories. No doubt his family and the Comanche Nation will miss him. We all should note the passing of simple people who do extraordinary things, then go back to being simple people again.

They are the real heroes.

Celebrities are just curios. They loom over the landscape... yet they mostly are but pale shadows of men and women like Charles Chibitty. Of all the good and bad to come out of the Current Unpleasantness... America has been reminded she can still produce people like Charles Chibitty. A whole new generation.

Hoka Hey! Mr. Chibitty. There is always more... as you are now discovering.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

Morning Sun, at Dawn's Early Light - has all the extra detail about Chief Chibitty you've been asking for!

H/t, Nicholas, the Ghost of a Flea.

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