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At 93, Navajo Code Talker Samuel Sandoval is Still Fighting Strong

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Austin Cope
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Monday, August 14th was Navajo Code Talkers Day. It honored the men who served in the South Pacific during World War II, developing a code based on their native language to send communications during the battle. It is the only language-based code in history to never have been broken.  World War II Code Talker Samuel Sandoval visited the Sunflower Theatre here in Cortez on Monday. After a screening of a documentary about his life, he spoke to an overflow crowd in the theatre about his experiences in the war and after he came home to become a drug counselor in the Navajo Nation. I sat down with him after the event to learn more about him and his perspectives on life today.

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