Navajo code talker dies at 88 in ABQ

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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