“I knew he was an important man to people because of his activities in the Army, but I didn’t know this many people had so much respect for him,” said Don Doyle, Wolf Guts’ only son. “I’m very proud of him, and I’m very grateful to them coming all the way here to pay respects to my father.”
Tyler Jerke of the Rapid City, S.D., Journal described yesterday’s ceremonies, a blend of traditional Lakota and military pomp, here:
Gov. Mike Rounds had asked that flags in the state be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor Wolf Guts. Wolf Guts was one of 11 Lakota, Nakota and Dakota code talkers from South Dakota who aided the war effort by transmitting communications in their native language, which the Germans and the Japanese could not translate.
Oglala Sioux Tribe President Theresa Two Bulls first met Wolf Guts after the tribal council honored him for his contributions. She said the passing of Wolf Guts is sad but the nation has to remember what he represented and what he did for the country.
“It’s because of people like him that we get to live in peace, and people should remember that and honor them with respect,” said Theresa Two Bulls, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Both the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian reservations named this week Clarence Wolf Guts week.
A hawk flew overhead during the ceremonies.
“I was sad at first, but when I saw that the spirit came out. It was a very good sign,” Doyle told Jerke. “When we all saw that, we knew he was OK.”
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