Samuel Sandoval Death and Obituary, World War II Navajo code talkers Dead

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Samuel Sandoval Death and Obituary: According to Sandoval’s wife, Malula, he passed away late on Friday night at a hospital in Shiprock, New Mexico. He was 98.

Samuel Sandoval was one of the last surviving Navajo code talkers. During World War II, these individuals used a code that was based on their native language to communicate with one another. Sandoval passed away recently.

During the war, the United States Marine Corps utilized the services of hundreds of Navajos who had been recruited from the large Navajo Nation to serve as code talkers. Peter MacDonald, John Kinsel Sr., and Thomas H. Begay are the only ones that have survived to this day.

The code talkers participated in every attack that the Marines carried out in the Pacific, sending hundreds of messages without making a single mistake about Japanese troop movements, battlefield tactics, and other communications that were essential to the outcome of the war.

Samuel Sandoval Death and Obituary, World War II Navajo

It is believed that the code, which was based on an oral form of Navajo language at the time, contributed to the successful conclusion of the war between Japan and the United States. There were around 540 Navajos that served in the Marine Corps, and of those, approximately 400 were trained as code talkers.

When Sandoval received word from another Navajo code talker that the Japanese had surrendered, he was stationed on the island of Okinawa in Japan at the time. He then sent this information to higher-ups in the organization.

On August 14 of each year, a celebration honoring the Navajo males is held. According to Sandoval’s widow, he was looking forward to the approaching celebrations as well as seeing a museum honoring the code talkers created close to Window Rock, Arizona, which is the capital of the Navajo Nation.

“Sam would always say, ‘I wanted my Navajo youths to learn,’ and he would always mean it. They have a right to know what we created, how this code was used, and how it impacted the globe,'” his wife stated. “That the Navajo language was potent, and that it would always and forever continue to carry our legacy.”

Samuel Sandoval, a Navajo code talker, can be identified by his medals, a red cap, and a yellow jacket. Navajo code talker Samuel Sandoval in 2013. (Photo by Sam Green for the Associated Press)
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