Monday, April 8, 2013

Clarence Wolf Guts, WWII Code Talker

Honoring Clarence Wolf Guts, An American Hero
Oglala Lakota Code Talker - World War II
Feb. 26, 1924 - Jun. 16, 2010

US of A, you did everything you could with your "kill the indian, save the man" policies to erase the Lakota language and other Native languages. But of course you found convenient to use Native Code Talkers and their language which have played a critical role in winning the war...

Did you ever protect those indigenous warriors or did you only protect the Code at whatever Cost necessary??? For your grandeur...for your fame...

"I don't want no rank, I don't want no money. I just want to do what I can to protect America and our way of life." --Clarence Wolf Guts

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Lakota Warrior & American Hero Clarence Wolf Guts was born in the Red Leaf community on the Rosebud Reservation of south central South Dakota. His birth certificate lists him as Eagle Elk, but his father and uncles soon decided to give him a more unusual name - Wolf Guts.

Clarence learned Lakota from his grandparents; unfortunately, later, boarding school teachers discouraged him from speaking it. His experience was not unique. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, many American Indian children attended government - or church-operated boarding schools.

Families were often forced to send their children to these schools, where they were forbidden to speak their Native languages. Many Code Talkers attended boarding schools. As adults, they found it puzzling that the same government that had tried to take away their languages in schools later gave them a critical role speaking their languages in military service.

At the age of 18, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Pacific theater where he transmitted messages in a Lakota-based code that the enemy could not translate. During World War II, he transmitted vital messages for U.S. forces in a code that the enemy could not break: his native language.

Lakota and other indigenous languages, long discouraged by educational institutions, would play a critical role in winning the war. Clarence served his country enthusiastically and unselfishly.

When a general asked Clarence to help with coded communications, he responded, "I don't want no rank, I don't want no money. I just want to do what I can to protect America and our way of life." Wolf Guts helped defeat Axis forces by transmitting strategic military messages in his native language, which the Japanese and Germans couldn't translate.

The 450 Navajo code talkers were the most famous group of Native American soldiers to radio messages from the battlefields, but 15 other tribes used their languages to aid the Allied efforts in World War II.

Wolf Guts was one of 11 Lakota, Nakota and Dakota American Indian code talkers from South Dakota. Wolf Guts, of Wamblee, enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 17, 1942, at age 18. While in basic training, a general asked Wolf Guts if he spoke Sioux. He explained the three dialects to the general and said he spoke Lakota. Wolf Guts helped develop a phonetic alphabet based on Lakota that was later used to develop a Lakota code.

He and three other Sioux code talkers joined the Pacific campaign; Wolf Guts' primary job was transmitting coded messages from a general to his chief of staff in the field.

Pfc. Wolf Guts was honorably discharged on Jan. 13, 1946, but the horrors of war followed him home and he turned to alcohol to forget. With the sharing of his story came recognition of his service and honors, including national acknowledgement through the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 championed by senators Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and John Thune, R-S.D.

Wolf Guts, 86, the last surviving Oglala Lakota code talker, died the afternoon of June 13, 2010, at the South Dakota State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.

Eleven Lakota code talkers mentioned by name in the Congressional Record (2002 Code Talkers Recognition Act). As of June 2010, all have passed away.

Eddie Eagle Boy, Simon Broke Leg, Iver Crow Eagle, Sr., Edmund St. John, Walter C. John, John Bear King, Phillip "Stoney" LaBlanc, Baptiste Pumpkin Seed, Guy Rondell, Charles White Pipe, and Clarence Wolf Guts.

 — with Shelly MeyerVal Sho'ta Eagle TailNative Talk America and 13 others.

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