Native American heritage month - November 2011

Started by Erica Howton on Sunday, November 13, 2011
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11/13/2011 at 3:39 PM

Thank you so all so mich for contributing to this project,

Is especially moving to me to see the World War ll veterans honored today in the unique projects for the native American code talkers. This is through the partnership of the amazing Marvin Caulk and the dedicated hard work of Danny Franklin Drollinger. I thank you for bringing this forgotten heroism to my attention. Are there any articles or overviews you can point me to that describes the Code Talkers, how they came about, how the program worked, and it's long term effect on cryptography?

It's great that we have 88 profiles showcased but guess what. We're halfway through Native American Heritage Month and we need a LOT more profiles found on Geni and added to this "Notables" project.

Here's another list to work with
November is Native American Heritage Month

11/13/2011 at 3:49 PM

You, and the Code Talkers are welcome!

11/13/2011 at 4:23 PM

Danny has been doing some great work. We have Identified 382 Navajo Code Talkers, so he still has a ways to go.

As you can see in the related projects, we remind everyone that the Navajo were not the only Native Americans who had Code Talkers. We have the Sioux, Choctaw, Comanche and Hopi.

Also remember that I have Identified 29 Native American Medal of Honor Recipients at

You will find a short overview on the code talkers at

11/13/2011 at 4:48 PM

It's a little outrageous that it took until 1989 for these guys to be honored and recognized. Some were only 15 years old. Hope it doesn't take up 50 years.:)

Thank you for sharing the article. I uploaded it to the document repository for the project.

Do you think we should make a clickable list in the overview of these resources? Should I look for more?

11/13/2011 at 5:38 PM

When they left the Army, the were told that "The Code" was a Secret and that they were Code Talkers were also Secret. Many of thier families didn't even know of it because they did not tell them.

Clarence Wolf Guts (Eagle Elk)
PFC Clarence Wolf Guts, Sioux Code Talker (born Eagle Elk)
even asked DOD if the country needed his code talking abilities to find Osama Bin Laden.. So it seems that it did not stay his spirit.

11/13/2011 at 5:43 PM

There are documents and resourses uploaded to each of the project. You can look them thru and see if there is anything you want to link to.

You should be able to link to the project from the documents. Just go to the document and "edit projects". That will save you time from uploading it again.

11/13/2011 at 5:44 PM

Sorry Marines

11/13/2011 at 5:53 PM

Cool hadn't thought of that. :)

Ok I need to fnd more notables to add to the project but you and Danny carry on with the Code Talkers, please. So important.

11/13/2011 at 6:12 PM

Find A Grave website has been a valuable resource for me and I thank them. Their own Navajo Code Talkers project has 52 in it, but I think I've already surpassed that number. I'll let them know when I'm finished.

11/13/2011 at 6:20 PM

I think they, and particularly the volunteers who took the time to create the Findagrave record, will love to hear that, Danny. Very considerate of you.

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