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Alaska state flags will fly at half-staff this week in their memory
(Juneau) – Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer is leading the State of Alaska’s effort to honor the memory of five Alaska Natives for their heroic contributions to American victories in World War II. The five men, Robert “Jeff” David Sr., Richard Bean Sr., George Lewis Jr., Harvey Jacobs and Mark Jacobs Jr. served as Tlingit Code Talkers, using their native language to communicate information during combat that the Japanese military was never able to decode.
“These men never discussed their top-secret role, even decades after the war ended, in liberating millions of people and saving the lives of countless American soldiers,” said Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer. “Alaska state flags will fly at half-staff for five days starting Monday, one day for each of these five outstanding American heroes.”
All five men were posthumously awarded silver medals by the United States Congress for their honorable service to our country in 2013. Lt. Governor Meyer will present the five Alaska state flags flown at the state capitol to the family members of the five Tlingit code talkers at a special ceremony prior to the start of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau on Monday, March 18.