Honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to the reservation and would journey to Buffalo for jobs as an ironworker. He married Annabelle Mitchell, who was additionally a Mohawk, within the late 1940s, and later joined the reservation’s public works division.
The efforts of code talkers from different Native American backgrounds haven’t been as nicely documented as these of the Navajo, and fewer has been recognized about their contributions to the conflict effort, though that’s altering, Mr. Hatch mentioned.
The code talker program was not totally declassified till 1968, and even then it took a long time for the nation to grow to be conscious of the contributions of indigenous troopers in World Struggle II. Their service has since been chronicled in books and within the 2002 movie “Windtalkers,” which starred Adam Seaside and Nicolas Cage. The code talkers additionally impressed a G.I. Joe motion determine, which speaks in each English and Navajo.
In 2001, President George W. Bush introduced the 29 creators of the Navajo code with the Congressional Gold Medal, most of them posthumously. Chester Nez, the final of that group, died in 2014.
There are 5 surviving Navajo code talkers, mentioned Hope MacDonald Lone Tree, a workers assistant to the speaker of the Navajo Council.
In 2008, Congress handed the Code Talkers Recognition Act, and in 2016, Mr. Oakes, together with different Mohawk code talkers, was awarded the Congressional Silver Medal for his service. By then he was the final dwelling Mohawk code talker. Final December, he appeared on the Canadian Home of Commons and met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Along with his granddaughter, Mr. Oakes is survived by three daughters, Diane Swamp and Dora and Debra Oakes; 4 sons, Louis, Raymond, Wallace and Joseph; and plenty of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. His spouse died in 2012.