Draper, Foy.

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Draper, Foy, born 26-11-1913, in Los Angeles .the son of David Fanning Draper (1872–1941) and his wife Bess Lee, born Queen, Draper (1884–1962).  and he had three brothers, James Elias Draper (1903–1984), Weldon Allen Draper (1906–1967) who was also a great athlete at the 1928 olympics and Jack Dalton Draper, (1923–2003). Foy was an American track and field athlete who won a gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1936 Summer Olympics. As a University of Southern California student, Draper won the IC4A championships in 200 m in 1935. According to our records California was his home or enlistment state and Los Angeles County included within the archival record. We have Los Angeles listed as the city. He reportedly held the world record for the 100-yard dash, at the time that would have been a hand timed 9.4, made all that more remarkable with Draper standing only 5’5″.  At the Berlin Olympics in 1936

,    Draper ran the third leg in the American 4×100 m relay team, on picture second from right, They won the gold medal with a new world record. U.S. relay team at the 1936 Olympics: Jesse Owens, Ralph Harald Metcalfe, Foy Draper and Frank Clifford Wykoff. Metcalfe, age 68, died 10-10-1978, in Chicago, Illinois, Wykoff died, age 80, 01-01-1980, in Altadena, Californië,

About the American team, of whom Wykoff never won medals individually, but who took the gold in the relay for the third consecutive time, the story goes that initially Sam Stoller and Marty Irving Glickman had qualified for the team. However, both Americans had Jewish backgrounds. When push came to shove, coaches Lawson Robertson and Dean Cromwell chose Owens, who had lost his appetite after three golds, and Draper. Avery Brundage, president of the American Athletics Federation and the American Olympic Committee (USOC), is said to have put pressure on them. Wykoff: ‘Glickman, Stoller, Metcalfe and I had trained as a relay team beforehand. In my heart I am convinced that Stoller and Glickman were deleted because of their Jewish background.” In any case, Glickman and Stoller, the only two Jews on the American track and field team, were also the only two to come to the United States. returned without even having run a race.

Roy then enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. Entered the service via Regular Military. Served during World War II. Draper had the rank of Captain. His military occupation or specialty was Pilot. Service number assignment was O-406719. Attached to 47th Bomber Group, Light, 97th Bomber Squadron.

Death and burial ground of Draper, Foy.

During World War II, Draper served as a pilot on a twin-engine attack bomber A-20B ‘Havoc’ in Thelepte, Tunisia. On 04-01-1943, Draper took off to take part in the battle of Kassarine Pass. Draper and his two crewmen never returned and his death date is usually given as 01-02-1943. This is an American Battle Monuments Commission location.a. His gravestone shows 04-01-1943 as his date of death buried in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission in Carthage, Tunisia.

 

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