At a time when we seem obsessed with finding our heroes among sports or entertainment figures, I have one for you who comes from neither category.
His name is Samuel Tom Holiday, but we won’t get to salute him or thank him for his service, because he died at the age of 94 in Utah on Monday.
He was one of the last remaining “Navajo Code Talkers”, a group of US Marine volunteers who used their tribal language to create a code so unique and sophisticated that the Japanese couldn’t decipher it helping in large part to our victory in the Pacific in World War II.
He will later be buried on his tribe’s reservation in Arizona.
Samuel Tom Holiday is a real American hero.
That’s the way I see it.