Navajo Code Talker David
Patterson Takes Military Honors
at MLB All-Star Game
by Native Village
York: This summer,
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
during the pre-game military
honor before a nationally
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
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
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 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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