Last Lakota Code Talker Dies at 86

Last Lakota Code Talker Clearance Wolf Guts Dies at 86

The last Lakota Code talker from WWII has died. His name was Clearance Wolf Guts, and he passed away Wednesday at a Veteran’s Home in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

The Rapid City Journal reports:

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 Native American 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.

After the Twin Towers were attacked on 9-11, Clearance Wolf Guts, in his 70’s at the time, had his son call Washington D.C. to ask if his services could be used in helping find those responsible. His patriotism for his country and his sense of duty did not fade with age.

  • Karen Sherry Brackett

    Diversity will always be America’s greatest strength. The Code Talkers and the 16 tribes they represent are proof that this great country, where every race from around the world finds a place they may call home, depends upon a common bond in the belief of Freedom from tyranny and monarchies. It is this Family of Freedom that makes us all equals and makes us all one in the hope of happily raising a family where the sky and the stars are the limit to our accomplishments. I thank Clearance Wolf Guts and all of the family and friends of the 450 Code Talkers who secured our Freedom and our hopes for the future.

  • Mimi

    Beautifully and eloquently spoken, Karen. I copied this and attributed it to you as I could never hope to exceed that which you have written. Thank you.

  • Glenda LaHaye

    Mr, Wolf Guts actually passed away in 2010. If you google him you will find the write up from the Rapid City paper. That doesn’t diminish his efforts or his patriotism. But it certainly diminishes this writers credibility.

  • Bradley Wilson

    Are you sure it was not the famous knockout game that got him…

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  • Joe

    We need more people like this guy. Willing to fight for freedom even at 70. I had the up most respect for him before reading this and now its even more. To bad I’ll never get the chance to meet a cold talker.

  • Chappy

    He died June 16 of 2010….way to use a dead Native to make a buck off your adverts!

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