Code Talker Chester Nez gets KU degree

91-year-old Navajo Code Talker to get University of Kansas degree.

Chester Nez is the lone living member of those original 29 Code Talkers

Code Talker Chester Nez

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He had to leave the university in 1952 after three years because his funds ran out and he was unable to pay to complete his education.

He will receive his University of Kansas degree on Monday at the Lied Center Pavilion.

Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback will also take part in the ceremony Monday, and Nez will receive gifts from the city of Lawrence, the KU Alumni Association, Haskell Indian Nations University and the Native Faculty and Staff Council at KU.

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