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.

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