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Jun

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Charles Windolph

Charles Windolph The oldest survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as the Siege of the Greasy Grass, was a soldier who had come to America to avoid another war. Charles Windolph was born in Bergen, Germany on December 9th, 1851. 2 His father, Joseph Windolph, was a master shoemaker, and taught Charles the trade while he resided in Germany.  As a 19-year-old, he was looking closely at the political events happening…

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Jun

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

John Bear-King

John Bear-King John Bear-King, of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, served in World War II alongside six other Sioux Code Talkers in the 302nd Reconnaissance Troop in the First Cavalry. While they were deployed they served in places such as New Guinea, the Admiralties, and the Philippines under Gen. Innis Palmer and Gen. Douglas MacArthur. During WWII, Bear King and his fellow code talkers were vital to the United States military because they had a…

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Jun

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Clarence Wolf Guts

Clarence Wolf Guts During World War I the United States government was looking for a way to deliver messages that the enemy could not decipher, so they turned to the Native American languages. They began by using the Choctaw language in WWI to create a code and recruited mainly Choctaws as code talkers. When the Germans and Japanese began sending students to the United States to study Native American languages and culture, however, the US…

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Jun

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Patrick O’Leary

Patrick O’Leary   Patrick and Shirley O’Leary’s story is one that shows love, heartbreak, and perseverance during World War II. While their story is similar to many who had family who served abroad, it also gives a unique glimpse into what it was like for families in the United States while their spouses, fathers, sons, and/or brothers were fighting overseas for the US. Shirley O’Leary saved letters, official documents, news clippings, pictures, and other important…