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Last Lakota Code Talker Clarence Wolf Guts Dies at 86

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- 2947 days ago -
When the towers of the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001, Clarence Wolf Guts asked his son to call the U.S. Department of Defense to see if the country needed his code talking abilities to find Osama Bin Laden.


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Cher C (1426)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 7:17 pm

Thnx hun!


Pat B (356)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 7:23 pm
My deepest respect for this wonderful, patriotic, compassionate man. May he Rest in Peace, and may he not be forgotten for his duty to his country, and to his Nation. God Bless you, for your service!! TY, Kelly for this news.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 8:54 pm
God Bless this man and all the Code Talkers. They are the reason we won the war. Thank you Kelly

MmAway M (511)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 9:16 pm
Goodness, that is sad that we have lost yet another part of America's history!!!

Those Code Talkers were important and since I lost my Dad who was in WWII, I have the deepest respect for what these Natives did....the fact that if they were caught, the person that was over them was supposed to shoot them because they could not let the "CODE" get out there is Nuts.

Thank you Kelly!!!

Philippa P (154)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 9:51 pm
It is the passing of an era. Rest in peace, Clarence!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:20 am
Sadly noted,TY Kelly.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 3:35 am
I believe that there was actually a movie made about this man called, "The Wind Talker" and it was an awesome movie. I just recently aired again a couople of weks ago.
It is amazing how the Government "conviently" forgets about the contributions that the Indians have made over the many years to help save this Country from destruction and yet....they continue to abuse, mistreat, and not help these Heroes of our Country. That is a shame in and of itself. It is time that the Indians be recognized ahd that the Government helps these people out with anything that they need. There are many that are homeless, jobless, without educations, food, etc. Is this the way WE treat our Heroes??????

Ana S (76)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 3:43 am
Thank you for being here!

Kathy Meyer (2)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:06 pm
Thank You

Karol R (9)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:11 pm
May Wakan-Tonka bless him lead him to the village of the ancestors, where the grass always grows, the rivers flow free, and the buffulo are plentiful. May Wakan-Tonka always bless this warriors family and always keep them in his light.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:34 pm
Thank you for the inspiration and may God bless Clarence Wolf on his journey in everlasting life

Chiari L (2)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:42 pm

Lyn C (70)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 2:24 pm
Thanks for telling us about what a true American patriot is.

Margaret Skinner (94)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 2:48 pm
May he Rest in Peace, and his journey back to the Spirit World was met in love by his family..........

Wednesday August 25, 2010, 2:57 pm
Blessings to his strong spirit.

Paula B (2)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 3:04 pm
" There is no death only a change of worlds" Chief Seattle May you always walk in beauty grandfather

Nicholas Thibeault (2)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 4:12 pm
RIP. sad news. condolences to family and friends.

Teresa K (33)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 4:17 pm
Rest in peace Sir. Your steps on this Earth will be missed!

Karen Tucker (33)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 5:22 pm
This IS sad news. The Code Talkers changed the course of the war, I believe, because if it had NOT been for them, the Japanese would have continued to figure out the US strategy points and they COULD have won the war. Rest in Peace, Clarence Wolf Guts, you shall be missed!

Maryann tamayo (3)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 5:47 pm
Sorry to hear this passing . Great man . Thank you for letting us all know about this .I am so surprized this wasn't on the face of yahoo,ect.... for news worthy . Like my father always said ,he is now in the happy hunting grounds .

Alicia V (181)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 6:29 pm

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 6:44 pm
Gentle journey to the Spirit World GrandFather, thank you. May your people Honor you well for your great courage and good Heart.

That despite what the Federal Government has done to your people and fail to do today, you still gave your words back when the Country needed you, back at a time when the Lakota children were in boarding school and were being punished for saying the same words that has saved this Country. That your forgiveness of Heart still allowed you to offer your words in your late seventies while your people still suffer.

I do not think that others would Walk in such an Honorable way as you have. Your ancestors will greet you well, a Warrior of good Heart. I send smoke upon the Winds.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 6:59 pm

Thank you for posting this worthy news, Kelly.

Good Bye (43)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:03 pm
It's interesting that, as important as the Code Talkers were to the war effort, they went unrecognized for decades. It is my hope that the Lakota People have continued to teach their language to their children, because the code was never broken. it was based on cultural idioms as well as translation.
When we consider how the US Government continues to mistreat people of the First Nations, it a shame and national disgrace.

Marjolein soederhuizen (284)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:04 pm
So good to share this and thenk u for this humanly and strong story, they have been killed and left wirthout respect, still usa does not really care enough for all the damage which was ever off the reasons usa will not be respected by me.

anne Barusta (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:04 pm
sadly noted

Magdalena M (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:16 pm
Thank you Kelly. Great man. Why is it always that good people live too short and not the other way?
Thanks Dandelion for forwarding. I had no idea about this code talk.
Star Mousie, it is not only US government. The same thing happens in Canada. I just hate governments. They are not for people, they are only good for the richest and corporations.

James W (257)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:20 pm
After all the FEDS did to him and his people he was still willing to help may God bless him in his next life.

Kelly C (176)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 8:35 pm
Thank you so much Care2 members for your words in comment on my modest news post of the passing of a warrior.

You have made me weep.

Clarence Wolf Guts has passed on but not his spirit of a true warrior. Many warriors have come and gone, some great indeed, but the ones of small notice become great.

The spirit of great warriors that came before You, Me and Clarence are alive with us as we take our walk of life.

A warrior never leaves us.

Mitakuye Oyasin! (We are all related!)

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 8:46 pm
Thank you for letting us know about the passing of this great man.

Blu AbbeyCat (302)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 8:49 pm
Our deepest Condolinces to his Family and Friends.. The Blu AbbeyCat Family oxoxoxxo, Bless His heart

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 8:59 pm
It's always a sad reminder for me that these men, many of them martyred, were never talked about in American History! It is so overdue to rewrite the books! He is finally at his Eternal Reward for his courage and love! Noted.

Jeannette A (137)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 9:07 pm
Here is an inspiring role model. We can best honor him by following his principles and his humble approach to life. He and others like him made a huge difference for people like my father and grandfather. I would have been proud to have known him and we are poorer for his passing.

Erin Walden (16)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 9:35 pm
I cannot express my thanks enough to you for sharing the story of his life and the news of his death enough. A man to be admired and missed. Thank you again.

Deborah B (72)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 10:09 pm
A great man of tremendous honor has walked on and left a legacy for us to learn of his tremendous contribution to this country. I thank Clarence Wolf Guts for all that he and his people did for us. May we continue to learn of the many sacrifices and gifts the Native Americans have bestowed upon our nation despite what they have suffered in so many ways undeservedly.

Cathi Hartline (248)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 10:16 pm
Thank you Kelly! and thank you Dandelion for the link!

suzanne o (43)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 12:31 am
thank-you .

Ester Hellen (213)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 1:24 am
Thank you and do hope that Clarence Wolf knows how much it ment to us that we live in freedom.Recently I heard how much they fought in the area that I live everything was burned down at ww2 I do live in a house that was qwuickly build after ww2. That Clarence Wolf was a part of the heroes that give us something very special our freedom,may he carry the respect and value with his spirit!

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 1:25 am
I bow my head in respect to such a great warrior. Namaste

Ness F (211)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 1:30 am
Thank you Dandelion for the fwd...what a noble warrior,my respect and blessings,RIP Clarence!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 2:05 am
Ah Dandelion - a deep sorrow has descended upon us. A truly BIG man - very rare today.

Elainna Crowell (174)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 2:18 am
Bless you for posting this story. May this great warrior's example continue to inspire his people. RIP Clarence.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 3:31 am
A man of wisdom - R.I.P.

jay way (11)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:06 am
Sad loss, thankyou Dandelion - -

Carol Orton (20)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 5:47 am
Thank you Dandelion, a sad loss a Great man in the true meaning of the word,R.I.P. Claraence

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:10 am
May he rest in Peace. He was one of America's True Heroes.

Ronald Withrow (106)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:14 am
A true and noble warrior. Thank you Wolf Guts for your service to your people and to this country which still persecutes your people.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:56 am
Words are not enough to express the thanks we owe this giant spirit.

Sue Barnard (5)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 8:00 am
R.I.P. Clarence Wolf Guts may your wisdom and compassion forever remain with us.

Debbie G (306)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 8:36 am
Truly an American hero. May you sit in peace with the Great Spirit and your ancestors. Thanks so much Kelly

Tamila F (3)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 9:41 am
God Bless a true American Hero

Patricia H (4)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 9:46 am
I had heard of the Navaho Code Talkers, but didn't know that their were other Nations that used their language for Code Talking. May he now rest in peace.

Beth C (8)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 11:08 am
A great American if there ever were. Several of the different tribes had their own Code Talkers who helped during WWII. There were groups in Alaska among the native Alaskans who trained and helped save us during that war also. We owe such a debt of gratitude to all those "minorities" who helped make the USA what it is now. Unfortunately so many want to keep those same minorities from enjoying the US and its rights and privelages.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 12:12 pm
A good man.
A prayer for his family and for him to carry into the next plane.
(Cherokee Prayer Blessing)
May the warm winds of Heaven blow softly on your home,
And the Great Spirit bless all who enter there.
May your moccasins make happy tracks in the snows.
And may the Rainbow always touch your shoulder.


Gail Lopez (65)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 12:28 pm
I said a prayer for you today,
And know God must have heard.
I felt the answer in my heart
Although He spoke no word.

I didn't ask for wealth or fame,
I knew you wouldn't mind.
I asked Him to send treasures
Of a far more lasting kind.

I asked that He'd be near you
At the start of each new day,
To grant you health and blessings
And friends to share your way.

I asked for happiness for you
In all things great and small,
But it was for His loving care
I prayed the most of all.

Author Unknown

May the Heavenly Creator care for you and your family now and forever.

Andrea Connelly (94)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 12:58 pm
A Great but humble man! Thanks Dandelion.

Liliana D (125)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 2:00 pm
My deep respect to the family. Clarence Wolf Guts you honnored your ancestors and the human race. Rest in peace great man.

Diane B (275)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 2:59 pm
That this wise man rest in peace I will pray for him !

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:38 pm
Very sad news. He and the other code talkers performed an invaluable service to our country. May he RIP with the Great Spirit.

Vivien G (153)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:40 pm
Noted With Respect on the passing of this greatly revered human being.

Talldeer C (47)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:50 pm
Wado...Rest in Peace Clarence with Creator and your Ansestors..

Kris B (136)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:59 pm
Thank you for helping make our life better by your service and sacrifice. Your journey now is without limits.
I am glad there was a movie made so I did know the story because it was not in the history I learned in school.

A. L. F (30)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 5:37 pm
Thank you!!! blessings.

Ann L (15)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 5:49 pm
Clarence Wolf Guts, may you walk with the spirits and hold your head high.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:14 pm
Thank you

Kristen Campbell (82)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:29 pm
Thank you.

pj d (57)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:54 pm
I lived in NM for a while and there was talk of concern in the tribes that they were loosing their native tongue. I'm sure Mr. Guts was definately aware of the importance of imparting this knowledge down to the appropiate people in his community and did so readily. Being a real hero isn't something that is done in a short, I find it's more like a lifestyle.

Debbie Hogan (115)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 7:07 pm
What an admirable man to remain so dedicated to this country after all that he, his fellow Code Talkers and indeed, all indigenous persons have been through. Truly noble.

May The Great Spirit watch over you...and thank you...

Esther W (10)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 8:51 pm
Thanks for this article--Clarence Wolf Guts is and the other Code Talkers deserve the highest honors--their outstanding contributions in the fight against the Nazis should be taught in every high school history class--and their service.should be memorialized with some sort of monument and/or public display. I plan to plant a tree to honor his memory. I hope the Navajo language does not die out with his death...


. (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 9:24 pm
This man deserve to be shown much honour for mu Dad was there when they helped get them off the island. Rest In Peace my Friend and that he is even though I don't know him in real life, I call him Friend for he help save my Dads life and help us to win the war. Thanks Dandelion and Kelly C.

Merissa S (15)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 11:44 pm
Sadly noted but with the greatest respect for the man he was and the honour he had. It wasn't an easy path he trod. I pray that his next one will be easier on his soul. He deserves it.

Oishimaya Sen (66)
Friday August 27, 2010, 4:34 am
Such a person never dies butlives on in the heart of others.

linda b (186)
Friday August 27, 2010, 6:05 am
RIP Claraence the world will be a sadder place without you.Thank you for sharing this great article.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 27, 2010, 9:18 am
RIP Sir and Thank You For Your Service.

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Friday August 27, 2010, 11:17 am
With great respect I thank you~ along with Sheryl for the forward. Yes, I also watched the movie about the WindTalkers this year, otherwise I would have never have known. This is truly a sad story, especially knowing of the disrespect and WORSE that is still occuring today. My deepest condolences to the Family Members of Clarance Wolf Gut.

Larry D Grazier (1362)
Friday August 27, 2010, 11:46 am
What a Great Native American he is. I'm very proud of this American and I will stand with him anytime. "Indian Boy"

Laurie IS AWAY S (128)
Friday August 27, 2010, 5:59 pm
Thanks for passing this on,Dandelion. My blessings and respect to a great man gone, but not forgotten.
Wonderful to post this, Kelly :)

Teresa P (128)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 1:49 am

Veronica G (108)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 6:35 am
A Hero in the true sense of the word; respect to him and all saviours of our world.

Matthew Cloner (114)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 12:02 pm
A true American hero. Thanks so much for posting this.

Laurel W (23)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 3:52 pm
Thanks for passing this on, Dandelion. I wonder how many Allied lives were saved, by Wolf Guts and his fellow Code Talkers?

The recognition of the Code Talkers, and their vital work, was long overdue. Wolf Guts and his fellows were probably not given the help they needed, to come to terms with their experiences. The armed forces are notoriously bad, at helping their veterans to deal with what used to be termed 'shell shock', but which is recognized now as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This courageous, patriotic man would have received even less of what was available, because of his ethnic origins.

He walks in peace with his ancestors, where nothing bad can reach him again. I pray for the family of Wolf Guts, in their grief.

Bernice Farretta (9)
Sunday August 29, 2010, 5:57 am
It gives my heart great JOY to learn that this HONORABLE person has walked this Earth, remaining TRUE, although he was treated badly by his country. He is truly one of the GREAT ONES, & I hope to be able to meet him one day.

Rita D (87)
Tuesday August 31, 2010, 4:18 am
Thank you for passing this very important article on to me Dandelion ;-) Clarence Wolf Guts indeed was a very great and honorable man with his heart in the right place! May the Great Spirit watch over you Clarence ;)

SANDRA R (145)
Wednesday September 1, 2010, 2:08 pm
Rest in Peace Clarence! Thank you Kelly!!!

Animae C (506)
Wednesday September 1, 2010, 6:41 pm
Than.q Dandelion, a GREAT LOSS!!
(he looks so familiar!)

Carmen S (69)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 7:50 pm
What a story. I remember my husband telling me about this. A great warrior gone. May he rest in peace in heaaaven.

Phyllis P (237)
Sunday September 5, 2010, 10:32 pm
Wow....thanks for the story.

kathryn cook (628)
Monday September 6, 2010, 1:52 pm
sadly noted
more wonderful hist gone hopefully not forgotten
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