#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran Samuel Tom Holiday


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Samuel Tom Holiday.

Samuel served during World War II. He was 19 when he reported to boot camp in 1943. He went on to join the group of Navajo Code Talkers who used a communication code enemies could not decipher.

He served with 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. During the war, an exploded mortar injured one of his ears.

Following the war, Holiday returned to the Navajo Reservation. Throughout his life, he has been a frequent participant in Veterans events.

He died Monday at age of 94.

We honor his service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.



    See the movie “The Wind Talkers”. Excellent portrayal of the service and sacrifices of our Navaho citizens.

  2. Flik    

    It is really good to see these veterans get honored. We forgot their great deeds in World War. I’ll nominate someone I knew.

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