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

FILE--In this Oct. 28, 2006, file photo, Navajo Code Talkers Keith Little, left, and Teddy Draper Sr., joke around during the filming of a documentary about them in Gallup, N.M. 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, Dec. 14, 2017, at age 96 in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Donovan Quintero, file)

FILE--In this Oct. 28, 2006, file photo, Navajo Code Talkers Keith Little, left, and Teddy Draper Sr., joke around during the filming of a documentary about them in Gallup, N.M. 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, Dec. 14, 2017, at age 96 in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Donovan Quintero, file)

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In this photo taken May 10, 2003, 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. Draper, who fought on Iwo Jima, said he was initially confused as to why the military was interested in his Navajo culture. (Ben Chrisman/The Daily Times via AP)

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.

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.