Letter to the editor: “Those Navajo (Code Talker) boys, saved our butts”

The Navajo Code Talker Memorial in Window Rock, Arizona honors those who saved the Nation by their use of the Navajo language during WWII to create an unbreakable code. Katherine Locke/NHO

The Navajo Code Talker Memorial in Window Rock, Arizona honors those who saved the Nation by their use of the Navajo language during WWII to create an unbreakable code. Katherine Locke/NHO

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Navajo Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. passed away in Prescott, Arizona Dec. 14. There are now only 10 Navajo Code Talkers alive today.

I read in the Observer that Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. passed.

When I finished the article, I thought of a comment made by my father, decades ago. (He was a Lt. Commander USN, Atlantic and Pacific, during WWII. Coincidentally, my dad’s middle name was Draper.) I’ll have to approximate his words, as I never wrote or recorded them.

“Those Navajo boys, saved our butts.”

Each time in my life I’ve encountered a Code Talker I’ve told them that story. I want the Code Talkers to know that men and women they never met passed on their admiration of these Navajo heroes to their children. I have passed that admiration on to my own children.

Regards,

Britt Anderson,

Eugene, Oregon

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