Bitsie, Wilsie H, PFC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
642-Navajo Code Talker
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 642, 4th Marine Regiment
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Private 1st Class

 
 

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 Personal Details 

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Mexican Springs
Last Address
Mexican Springs

Date of Passing
May 05, 2000
 
Location of Interment
Lone Pine Cemetery - Mexican Springs, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Navajo Code Talkers Congressional Medal


 Unofficial Badges 

US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge (Original)


 Military Association Memberships
Navajo Code Talkers Association
  2014, Navajo Code Talkers Association


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
MEXICAN SPRINGS — Funeral services for Wilsie H. Bitsie, 78, will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Gallup. The Rev. Stanley Jim will officiate. Burial will be in Lone Pine Cemetery in Mexican Springs.

Visitation will be held at 7 tonight, May 9, at Rollie Mortuary Memorial Chapel in Gallup.

Bitsie died May 5 in Gallup. He was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Tohatchi for the Folded Arms People Clan into the Red Running into the Water People Clan.

Bitsie attended school in Naschitti, Rehoboth, Gallup High School and Albuquerque Indian School.

He was one of the first 29 orginal US Marine Corps "Navajo Code Talkers" during World War II.

He was employed in forestry with the Tohatchi Lookout Station, M.S. Soil Conservation Service, BIA Boarding School, Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma, Tuba City Navajo Agency Education Employment Assistance Office and Crownpoint Eastern Navajo Agency. He retired after 40 years.

Bitsie participated on boards of the Western Navajo Fair and Rodeo, Crownpoint Fair and Rodeo, Navajo Tribal Fair and Rodeo, Rodeo Board Committee, Mexican Springs All Indian Junior Rodeo Association and Roping Club.

He helped plant by horse and plow, tending to farm animals and herding the family sheep and goats.

Survivors include his sisters, Barbara Bahe, Caroline Becenti, Eleanor Bitsie, Elizabeth Jones and MaeBelle Thomas, all of Mexican Springs; and brothers, Arthur Bitsie of Farmington, Donald Bitsie of Fullerton, Calif., Calvin Bitsie, Peter Bitsie, Walter Bitsie Jr., all of Mexican Springs, and Richard Bitsie of Navajo.

Bitsie was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Freda Bitsie; brother, Henry Bitsie; and sister, Wilhemena Bitsie.

Pallbearers will be Steven C. Becenti, Delbert Bitsie, Floyd Leon Bitsie, Greg Bitsie, Erwin Bitsilly and William Jones Jr.
The family will have relatives and friends at William and Elizabeth Jones' residence.

Rollie Mortuary of Gallup is in charge of the arrangements.
   
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Lone Pine Cemetery Mexican Springs McKinley County New Mexico, USA
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
Navajo Code Talkers Radio School1st Raider Bn4th Marine Regiment
  1942-1942, 642, Navajo Code Talkers Radio School
  1942-1944, 642, 1st Raider Bn
  1944-1945, 642, 4th Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
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