One of the last surviving World War II Navajo Code Talkers, Samuel Tom Holiday, passed away at age 94 in Utah on Monday.
Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday passed away at 94 years old.
Holiday, one of the last surviving Code Talkers from WWII, joined the Corps at 19 and became part of a legendary group of Native Americans who encoded messages in the Navajo language.
Holiday was one of approximately 400 Code Talkers who served in the Marine Corps, transmitting important messages in their unbreakable code built on tribal languages. They were present at some of the most dangerous battles of World War II.
After the war, Holiday returned to the Navajo Nation, which includes a portion of Utah, and worked as a law enforcement officer before founding his own heavy equipment company, reported The Spectrum, a Utah newspaper. Holiday married Lupita Mae Isaac in 1954, and they had eight children together.
Holiday even wrote a book, “Under the Eagle,” about his experiences during World War II with the help of Robert S. McPherson.
For his bravery, Holiday and other Code Talkers received the Congressional Silver Medal after the operation was declassified, according to The Spectrum.
It is believed that less than 10 Navajo Code Talkers are still alive today.
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