ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Navajo man who was a code talker during World War II has died.
Samuel Smith died Monday night in Albuquerque after recent periods of pneumonia.
He was a U.S. Marine and became one of hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native language to confuse the Japanese and help win the war.
Smith and his wife had nine children.
He was 88.