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.
Navajo Nation officials say Teddy Draper Sr. died Thursday at age 96 in the small city of Prescott.READ MORE: Federal Court Strikes Down Judge’s Order To Provide Housing To All Skid Row Homeless
Tribal officials say Draper lived in Chinle, Arizona.
Draper and other Navajos followed in the footsteps of the original 29 who developed the code.READ MORE: Smokey Southland Skies Caused By Wildfires Burning In Northern And Central California Spur Air Quality Concerns
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.MORE NEWS: Father Memorializes Son, Who Died In 2019 Conception Boat Fire, Along Last 500 Miles Of 2,600 Mile Hike
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