[ISN] World War Two Navajo Code Talker dies in Arizona

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 02:02:24 -0500 (CDT)

By Tim Gaynor
12 May 2012

PHOENIX, May 11 (Reuters) - A prominent veteran of the U.S. Marine 
Corps' Navajo Code Talkers, who confounded enemy combatants in World War 
Two by using the Navajo language as a battlefield cipher in the South 
Pacific, has died at age 89, officials said on Friday.

Samuel Tso served in the Marines in the Pacific and was vice president 
of the Navajo Code Talkers Association for nearly a decade, the Arizona 
governor's office said in a statement.

Tso was born in Arizona in 1922 and served in the Marines from 1943 to 
1946. He died on Wednesday, the office said.

About 400 code talkers used a unique cipher based on the Navajo language 
to encrypt messages sent by field telephones and radios throughout the 
Pacific theater during the war.


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