“Code Talker” Chester Nez visits KU

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 in Alumni News and News

Mike Denning and Chester Nez

Mike Denning, president of the Veterans Alumni Chapter, presents a commemorative coin to Chester Nez.

You might remember that Chester Nez, ’53, was the subject of our March Kansas Alumni cover story.

He’s the last of the original 29 code talkers, Navajo men who were recruited by the U.S. Marine Corps to devise a military code used in World War II.

Nez, of Albuquerque, N.M., was in Topeka recently for the Kansas Book Festival. Steve Hill, Kansas Alumni associate editor and author of the March story, gave him a tour of the University and of Haskell Indian Nations University, where Nez also took classes.

Mike Denning, c’83, president of the newly formed Veterans Alumni Chapter presented Nez with one of the chapter’s new commemorative coins to thank him for his military service.