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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly commemorated a fallen Navajo Code Talker Nelson Draper, Sr., who passed away early Sunday morning at his home in Barstow, California. Code Talker Draper was 96.
President Shelly also ordered the Navajo Nation flag be lowered in honor of Code Talker Draper beginning Thursday, September 26 through September 30.
“The Navajo Nation is saddened to learn about the passing of Code Talker Draper. We have lost another modern day hero whose deeds have brought great pride to the Navajo Nation because the Code Talkers used our language to help win World War II. Code Talker Draper's deeds will be remembered and that of all the other Navajo Code Talkers. The Navajo Nation will eternally be grateful for their service to our country and our people,”
President Shelly said.
“I urge all Navajo people to join First Lady Martha Shelly, Vice President Rex Lee Jim and myself in prayers for the family of Code Talker Draper during their time of need.”
In 2001, Code Talker Draper was honored for his service as one of 228 Navajo Code Talkers to receive the Congressional Silver Medal.
Services for Code Talker Draper are scheduled to take place on Friday in Barstow, California.
At 9:00 am, a rosary and mass is planned at
St. Joseph Catholic Church
505 E. Mountain View Street
At 10 am, a memorial service is scheduled at
High Desert Word Center
30918 Soapmine Road
posted September 26, 2013 7:50 am edt