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talked the talk, walked the walk?!....RIP: one of the last of the WWII 'Navajo Code Talkers' passes.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 01, 2022 08:26AM
....Samuel Sandoval, at 98....


Samuel Sandoval, one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers from World War II, dies at 98

....One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers in the United States, Samuel Sandoval, has died. He was 98.

During World War II, Sandoval was a Navajo Code Talker who transmitted messages using his native language. He died late Friday at a hospital in Shiprock, New Mexico, his wife, Malula told The Associated Press on Saturday.

On March 26, 1943, Sandoval enlisted in the United State Marine Corps at a recruitment office in Farmington, New Mexico at the age of 18.

"The Marine Corps was my choice, to begin with," he told The Arizona Republic in a 2019 article, and it was thanks to the influence of Marines he encountered while working in Hawthorne, Nevada, with his father in November 1942.

While working construction for the Department of Defense in the area, Sandoval said there were two units of military personnel, the Navy and the Marine Corps, stationed on-site. None were Navajo.

"I would become companions with some of the Marines stationed (there)," he said.

He recalls them asking him one day why he wasn't joining the Marines. Sandoval didn't ask them why he should join. He already knew what their answer would be: It's the "toughest outfit in the world."

That interaction stuck with him, and about a month later, Sandoval said he told his dad that he wanted to go home to Nageezi, New Mexico, to enlist in the military.

Once Sandoval completed basic training, he said the group was transferred to advanced training at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California.

"We went into the big barracks not knowing what we're getting into," Sandoval recalled.

Inside, Sandoval said they saw Navajos sitting at tables and desks.

They were the first 29 Code Talkers, recruited by the United States Marines in 1942, Sandoval said. They were responsible for helping develop the unbreakable code used across the Pacific during World War II.

"We asked them what they were doing," Sandoval said. "They said, 'We're making a Navajo code.'"

The Code Talkers sent thousands of messages on Japanese troop movements and battlefield tactics in the Pacific. The code, based on the then-unwritten Navajo language, stumped Japanese military cryptologists and was crucial in helping the U.S. win the war.


Sandoval was on Okinawa when he got word from another Navajo Code Talker that the Japanese had surrendered and relayed the message to higher-ups, AP reported. He had a close call on the island, which brought back painful memories that he kept to himself, Malula Sandoval said.

He was discharged from the military on Jan. 26, 1946.

Stories about Sandoval's experience as a Navajo Code Talker in the Marines are told in his book and a documentary about his life. Both are titled "Naz Bah Ei Bijei: The Heart of a Warrior."

Returning home to the Navajo Nation
By 1943, Sandoval's family lost most of their livestock as part of the fallout from the Navajo Livestock reduction program from the 1930s, which is when the U.S. government wanted to limit the amount of livestock Navajo people owned due to grazing on the Navajo Nation. The livestock were all killed as a result of the program......



RIP..............?!






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Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 08/01/2022 02:56PM by NewtonMP2100.
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Re: talked the talk, walked the walk?!....RIP: last of the WWII 'Navajo Code Talkers' passes.....
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 01, 2022 09:08AM




“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.” -- François de La Rochefoucauld

"Those who cannot accept the past are condemned to revise it." -- Geo. Mathias
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Re: talked the talk, walked the walk?!....RIP: last of the WWII 'Navajo Code Talkers' passes.....
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: August 01, 2022 12:11PM
R.I.P., sir.
patriot smiley



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Re: talked the talk, walked the walk?!....RIP: last of the WWII 'Navajo Code Talkers' passes.....
Posted by: tronnei
Date: August 01, 2022 02:55PM
Not the last one. Three remain.
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Re: talked the talk, walked the walk?!....RIP: one of the last of the WWII 'Navajo Code Talkers' passes.....
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 01, 2022 05:58PM
Thank you for your service and sacrifice Samuel Sandoval.

R.I.P. Marine; you've well earned it. patriot smiley
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Re: talked the talk, walked the walk?!....RIP: one of the last of the WWII 'Navajo Code Talkers' passes.....
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 01, 2022 10:12PM
RIP. And thank you.



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