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"'Leave our code talkers alone or we're going to kill you.'" (Audio Interview, 4:40)

   Merril L. Sandoval
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War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: 2nd Marine Division; 5th Marine Division
Service Location: Pacific Theater; Hawaii; Japan
Rank: Corporal
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Merril Sandoval worked as a Navajo code talker in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and during his brief interview, he demonstrates the language he and his fellow Indians used to baffle the enemy. On Iwo Jima, Sandoval and a buddy were mistaken for Japanese soldiers and almost shot, but they were recognized by a couple of officers, who saved their lives.

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