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FDL Code Talker Gets Medal of Honor Posthumously

Updated: 12/19/2013 12:12 PM
Created: 12/15/2013 9:57 AM WDIO.com

BAXTER, Minn. (AP) — Lex Porter died without ever revealing to his family that he was a code talker during World War II. So his family was surprised — and grateful — when the military decided to honor the late member of the Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe with a posthumous Medal of Honor.

A Brainerd Dispatch report says the actual presentation won't be for a few more months, but proud relatives are already celebrating.

Thirty-four-year-old Freedom Porter was just a kid when his grandfather died. The Baxter man says he grew up hearing about code talkers but never knew his grandfather played such a key role.

Code talkers transmitted coded messages in 33 different tribal dialects during both World Wars. The effort helped keep enemy agents from deciphering the messages.

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Information from: The Daily Dispatch

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