Navajo Code Talker Nelson Draper Sr. dies

2013-09-26T13:10:00Z Navajo Code Talker Nelson Draper Sr. diesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
September 26, 2013 1:10 pm  • 

WINDOW ROCK — Flags are flying at half-staff across the Navajo Nation in honor of a Navajo Code Talker.

Tribal officials say Nelson Draper Sr. died early Sunday morning at his home in Barstow, Calif. He was 96.

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has ordered flags to be lowered across the reservation through Monday in Draper’s honor.

Shelly calls Draper a modern-day hero whose deeds brought great pride to the Navajo Nation. Hundreds of Navajos used a code developed from their native language that confounded the Japanese during World War II.

Draper received the Congressional Silver Medal in 2001 for his role as a Navajo Code Talker.

Funeral services are scheduled Friday in Barstow.

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