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Navajo Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. dies in Arizona at 96

The Associated Press
December 15, 2017 09:33 AM

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in Arizona.

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Navajo Nation officials say Teddy Draper Sr. died Thursday at age 96 in the small city of Prescott. Tribal officials say Draper lived in Chinle, Arizona.

Draper and other Navajos followed in the footsteps of the original 29 who developed the code. He was part of the 5th Marine Division, fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and received a Purple Heart as well as a Congressional Silver Medal.

Funeral plans were pending and a list of Draper's survivors wasn't immediately available Thursday.

Draper's death came nine days after another Navajo Code Talker, George B. Willie Sr., died in Arizona at age 92.

The Navajo Nation offered condolences on Friday to Draper's family.

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