Samuel Tom Holiday

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

SAMUEL TOM HOLIDAY

(World War II veteran, Navajo code talker)

BIOGRAPHY

Samuel "Sam" Tom Holiday was born in a sheep camp in Monument Valley, Utah, sometime around the summer
of 1924 (best guess is 6/2/1924 and that is the date recognized by his family).

During World War II, at the age of 18, Sam enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He served with the 4th Marine Division,
25th regiment, H&S Company, in Saipan, Iwo Jima, Kwajalien, Tinian, and the Marshall Islands. He was one of
the famous "Navajo Code Talkers". The complex and unwritten Navajo language could not be deciphered by
the enemy, but these heroes were able to communicate messages quickly and accurately. They were a secret
weapon until being declassified in 1968. At the time of his death, Sam was the 10th remaining Navajo Code
Talker out of 420.

After the war, Sam served as a Navajo Nation police officer in Kayenta, Arizona.

Sam spent the last part of his life in Washington County. He was known in the area for his attendance at veterans
events and his visits sharing his experiences with schoolchildren. He spent his later days living at the Southern
Utah Veterans Home in Ivins. Sam died on June 11, 2018 in the Southern Utah Veteran's Home. He was buried
next to his wife in the Kayenta Community Cemetery in Kayenta, Navajo County, Arizona.

*** NOTE: A GoFundMe account has been establised to raise funds for a statue to honor this great man. ***


FAMILY


Sam & Lupita's Family:
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    Lupita Mae Isaac Holiday
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(~6/2/1924-6/12/2018)   (married xx/xx/1954)
(5/7/1932-10/27/2010)
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PHOTOS

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REFERENCES

Find-A-Grave entry for Samuel Tom Holiday

Under the Eagle: Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker
Autobiographical book by Samuel Holiday and Robert S. McPherson
University of Oklahoma Press, 8/13/2013, 266 Pages

Navajo code talker Samuel Holiday, 90, gets surprise honors; Marine Corps League Dixie; STGnews Videocast
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, June 1, 2014

One of last surviving Navajo code talkers to celebrate 93rd birthday at Georgefest
Article by Joseph Witham, St. George News, May 30, 2017

Community celebrates Navajo veteran's 93rd birthday
Article by Joseph Witham, St. George News, June 3, 2017

Navajo Code Talker Samuel Holiday dies in Ivins at age 94
Article in the St. George News, June 12, 2018

Gov. Herbert to declare Friday 'Samuel Tom Holiday Day'; veteran's funerary escort to start in St. George
Article by Joseph Witham, St. George News, June 14, 2018

Free event to mark year anniversary of Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday's death
Article by Joseph Witham, St. George News, June 10, 2019