One of Last Navajo Code Talker, Samuel Sandoval, Dies

Sandoval completed basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in California, at which the 29 original Code Talkers arrived in 1942.


  • Sandoval served during World War II and died Friday, according to the Navajo Nation.
  • Sandoval was among hundreds of young Navajo men recruited to use an 813-word code based on the native Navajo language to send, receive military communications in the South Pacific Theater.
  • Sandoval was born in 1922 in New Mexico, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943.
  • “Sandoval will always be remembered as a … courageous person who sacrificed more than we will ever know,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.