Navajo Code Talker Dead at 94

Navajo Code Talker Dead at 94

IVINS, Utah-Per a report in the St. George Spectrum, 94-year-old Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, passed away Monday in southern Utah.

Holiday and his cohorts were instrumental in helping the U.S. defeat Japan in World War II in using their native language to create an indiscernible code.

Holiday was renowned for his attendance at veterans’ events and his visits in sharing experiences with school children.

His last days were spent living at the Southern Utah Veterans’ Home of Ivins.

His granddaughter, Tya Redhouse, confirmed he will be buried next to his wife on the Navajo Nation reservation in Kayenta, Ariz.

Navajo tribal leaders believe there are fewer than 10 code talkers still alive although the exact number is uncertain because the program was classified for decades after World War II’s conclusion.

Records are scarce but it is believed Holiday was born June 2, 1924 based on the weather and season at the time.

Of the 29 original Navajos who were recruited to launch the code talkers program, the last of these, Chester Nez, died at 2014 at the age of 93.