Closing Thought–18Jun18

Obituary……

During World War Two in the Pacific against Japan…the US used “Code Talkers” to confound the enemy….these men were from the Navajo Nation and their exploits were made famous by the movie with that Cage guy……

Sad to report that one of the last of the “Code Talkers” has died…..

Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in southern Utah on Monday surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side. He was 94. Holiday was among hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native language to transmit messages in World War II. The Japanese never broke it. He was 19 when he joined the Marine Corps and became a part of operations in several locations across the Pacific during the war, according to the Spectrum. A mortar explosion left him with hearing loss, but he would later tell family that he always felt safe during battle because of a pouch around his neck holding sacred stones and yellow corn pollen.

He received a Congressional Silver Medal, a Purple Heart, and other recognition for his action during the conflict. After the war, Holiday returned to the Navajo reservation and worked as a police officer, a ranger, and later started his own equipment company, the AP reports. He married Lupita Mae Isaac and had eight children. In 2013, Holiday co-wrote a book about his experience as a Code Talker called Under the Eagle. Fewer than 10 Code Talkers are believed to be alive today. The exact number is unknown because the program remained classified for several years following the war. Shortly before his death, family members turned to GoFundMe to raise $4,000 to be able to visit him in hospice care. The Navajo Nation says he was surrounded by friends and family when he died.

May he rest in peace……and thank you for your service to this country.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Closing Thought–18Jun18

  1. This was such a clever use of the language, to confound the enemy. It was featured in the Nick Cage film, ‘Windtalkers’, as I recall.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. THat is true until that movie very few Americans knew of these people’s contribution to the war…it deserves credit for that….chuq

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.