Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Purple Heart for code talker

From: Indian Country Today, 20th June 2005:

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.–After being injured on Iwo Jima while transmitting secret code, 83-year-old Corporal Teddy Draper Sr. received the Purple Heart May 29. Standing at attention, resplendent in the bright yellow shirt, turquoise neck clasp and red cap that has become the uniform of the Navajo code talkers, Draper at long last received the special award–reserved only for soldiers whose blood is shed at the hand of an enemy–from Maj. General Gene Renzi (Ret.), father of Arizona District 1 U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi.

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