Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday dies in Utah at age 94

Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last living Navajo Code

The Spectrum

Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers who used his native language to create an uncrackable code to help win World War II, died in Southern Utah at age 94 on Monday.

Holiday was known in the area for his attendance at veterans events and his visits sharing his experiences with schoolchildren. He spent his later days living at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins.

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Holiday will be buried on the Navajo Reservation, in Kayenta, Arizona, next to his wife, according to Tya Redhouse, his granddaughter.

Redhouse said Holiday passed away in the evening on Monday, surrounded by friends and family who traveled to be with him.

Navajo leaders believe fewer than 10 Code Talkers are still alive today. The exact number is unknown because the program remained classified for decades after the war.

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