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September 2013

Navajo Code Talker David Patterson Takes Military Honors at MLB All-Star Game
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Navajo Code Talker David E. Patterson, Sr., MSMCNew York: This summer, 90-year-old Navajo Code Talker David E. Patterson, Sr., was honored during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in New York.

Confined to a wheelchair, he was wheeled out during the pre-game military honor before a nationally television audience.

Patterson was one of 30 designated military veterans. All were chosen by online voters through an event sponsored by Major League Baseball and People magazine.

He was the Los Angeles Dodgers nominee.

Patterson lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He is among an elite group of marines who helped create the only unbroken code in modern military history. David and other Navajo Code Talkers used a secret code based on their tribal language to code and decode classified military dispatches during World War II. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1943-1945.

After Patterson was discharged, he attended college and became a social worker. He worked for the Navajo Nation's Division of Social Services until retiring in 1987.

In 2001, David was awarded the Silver Congressional Medal of Honor. He also volunteered as a foster grandparent in a school on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

The American League defeated the National League 3 - 0.


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