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Navajo Code Talker David Patterson at a 2010 Veteran's Day ceremony at Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington.

Navajo Code Talker Among Finalists to Be Honored at MLB All-Star Game

ICTMN Staff
6/10/13

At this year's MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City on July 16, 30 veterans, each representing one of the 30 MLB teams, will be recognized in a special Tribute for Heroes ceremony. 

Thousands of veterans were nominated, and they have now been narrowed down to three per team. Fans are able to vote to decide who will attend the All-Star Game. The candidate with the most votes  for his or her respective team will have a chance to attend and be recognized in New York, and one will be featured in People magazine.

One of the Los Angeles Dodgers finalists is Navajo Code Talker David Patterson. Here is the biography of Patterson provided on the official Tribute for Heroes website.

David E. Patterson Sr. of Rio Rancho, N.M., is among an elite group of marines who helped create the only unbroken code in modern military history. As one of the Navajo Code Talkers, David and other Navajos coded and decoded classified military dispatches during WWII using a code derived from their native tongue. The Code Talkers took part in every Marine assault, from Guadalcanal in 1942 to Okinawa in 1945, including the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein, Iwo Jima, and Saipan, and doubtless helped win the war. After he was discharged, David, now 90, went to college in Oklahoma and New Mexico, becoming a social worker. He married and raised his family on the reservation in Shiprock, N.M., and worked for the Navajo Nation's Division of Social Services until retiring in 1987. He was awarded the Silver Congressional Medal of Honor in 2001 and up until last year volunteered in a Shiprock school on the Navajo Reservation as a foster grandparent.

For more information on Tribute for Heroes and to vote for Patterson, click here and then click on the LA Dodgers logo.  You can vote as many times as you like. And please be sure to read about all of the veterans detailed on the Tribute for Hereos website--all 90 of these men and women are truly heroes.

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Linda Christie's picture
Linda Christie
Submitted by Linda Christie on
It was an honor to read of this wonderful man. A true hero. My father, who was in the Navy in WWII, told me about the Code Talkers and how they helped win the war. Heros each and every one of them.

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RJA in PHX
Submitted by RJA in PHX on
Any Veteran that goes is wonderful and receives an honor they all deserve... HOWEVER... if David Patterson goes he'll be representing the Navajo Nation! He needs to represent!

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Maritza Heg
Submitted by Maritza Heg on
YES !! SUPER, EXTRA, FULL TIME WELL DESERVED !!!

Linda DePriest MacKenzie's picture
Linda DePriest ...
Submitted by Linda DePriest ... on
I would sincerely like to see David Patterson be a finalist in the MLB All Star Game. My father, Captain Robert H. DePriest, USMC told me about the Navajo Code Talkers when I was a little girl and how they helped win WWII with their native language as a code. We need to pay tribute to them by having David Patterson there!

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Ms. Merle Thomas
Submitted by Ms. Merle Thomas on
This man and all his Navajo code talkers should be honored. Being disenfranchised NATIVE AMERICANS they could have refused to serve. They did not, instead they laid down their lives to serve their country. We need to start recognizing all ethnic/ color/ nationalities who have fought and sacrificed for this great country.

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NURINALDA RIVERA
Submitted by NURINALDA RIVERA on
I AM PLEASED TO SEE THAT THESE MEN ARE WOMEN ARE BEING RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SERVICE, INTELLIGENCE AND VALOR. I SAW A MOVIE DEPICTING THIS PART OF OUR HISTORY AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF SUCH BRAVERY, AND SKILLS.

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Delia Galindo-Parada
Submitted by Delia Galindo-Parada on
Cherokee Nation

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Delia Galindo-Parada
Submitted by Delia Galindo-Parada on
Cherokee Nation

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous
Submitted by Anonymous on
I wish you all the best in being recognized! Good luck!! And Thank you for all you've done!!

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Artie Shaul
Submitted by Artie Shaul on
Praying for you....for you do deserve this honor.....May the Lord bless you special today and always..
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