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Navajo Code Talker Samuel Sandoval Passes Away, Leaving Three Of The Heroes Left

Navajo Code Talkers

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One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers passed away in Shiprock, New Mexico. Samuel Sandoval passed away at 98 years old in a hospital. In World War Two, code talkers played a valuable role to send messages and code to allied forces by using their native language. It was a code the Germans and Japanese couldn’t break. The last of the original code talkers, Chester Nez, died in 2014. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez released a statement Saturday saying Sandoval, “will always be remembered as a loving and courageous person who sacrificed more than we will ever know to defended our homelands using our sacred Navajo language.” Nez added, “we are saddened by his passing, but his legacy will live on in our hearts and minds.” Thomas Begay, John Kinsel Senior and Peter MacDonald are the last of the code talkers who are alive.