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

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

Teddy Draper Sr., of Tuba City, Ariz., center, points to a commemorative Code Talker pistol with his fellow Marines during a Code Talker meeting in Chinle, Ariz., in May 2003. Draper, who fought on Iwo Jima, said he was initially confused as to why the military was interested in his Navajo culture. He died Thursday.
Navajo Code Talkers from left, Albert Smith, Teddy Draper Sr. and Samuel Tso, read the names of their brothers-in-arms written on a pillar dedicated to them during the filming of a documentary about them in Gallup, N.M., in October 2006. Navajo Nation officials say Teddy Draper Sr. died Thursday at age 96 in Prescott, Ariz. Tribal officials say Draper resided in Chinle, Ariz. 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.
Navajo Code Talkers Keith Little, left, and Teddy Draper Sr., joke around during the filming of a documentary about them in Gallup, N.M., in October 2006. Draper, who 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 died Thursday.

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

Teddy Draper Sr., of Tuba City, Ariz., center, points to a commemorative Code Talker pistol with his fellow Marines during a Code Talker meeting in Chinle, Ariz., in May 2003. Draper, who fought on Iwo Jima, said he was initially confused as to why the military was interested in his Navajo culture. He died Thursday.
Navajo Code Talkers from left, Albert Smith, Teddy Draper Sr. and Samuel Tso, read the names of their brothers-in-arms written on a pillar dedicated to them during the filming of a documentary about them in Gallup, N.M., in October 2006. Navajo Nation officials say Teddy Draper Sr. died Thursday at age 96 in Prescott, Ariz. Tribal officials say Draper resided in Chinle, Ariz. 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.
Navajo Code Talkers Keith Little, left, and Teddy Draper Sr., joke around during the filming of a documentary about them in Gallup, N.M., in October 2006. Draper, who 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 died Thursday.