Samuel Tsosie, a retired Marine who served as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II, looks into the faces of a younger generation of Marines sitting before him.
He can almost see a younger version of himself.
Lance Cpl. Nicholas Kien, a rifleman serving with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, shakes hand with Samuel Tsosie, a retired Marine who served as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II, here at Camp San Mateo, March 27, 2013. Tsosie served with 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, during multiple combat operations including Peleliu, Okinawa, and Cape Gloucester. Kien's grandfather was also a Navajo Code Talker that served during World War II.
“From the day you first put on that uniform, you’re a Marine. It changes you,” said Tsosie. “Once a Marine, always Marine.”To read the entire article, click here.