More about Code Talker Pfc Walter John… his Grandfather

Code Talker

Dakota Code Talker

P.F.C. John, Walter C.

302ND Recon Troops

1st Cavalry Division

WWII – South Pacific


Previously, Walter E. John sent us information about his father Pfc Walter Charles John, a Dakota Code Talker. See:
Walter E. John has recently updated the information to include information about his great-great-great grandfather: Samuel (Red) Wolf (Code Talker Pfc Walter John’s Grandfather).


Samuel (Red) Wolf

Grandfather of P.F.C. John, Walter C.

Fought with the Dakota in the War of 1862

Became a Scout in 1873

Sam fought in the Dakota in the War of 1862 *. He was captured and scheduled to be hung until President Lincoln lowered the number to 38 – The Dakota 38. Sam was a young lad, but was imprisoned anyway. When the Civil War ended in 1865, he was set free along with the other warriors. They sent the Isanti’s POWs to their new home, in Santee, NE.
Then in 1873, Custer, began his first invasion of our Black Hills. He needed Indian scouts, so he enlisted 43 Isantis’. Samuel Wolf signed up and started out, but there was an small-pox break-out back home and he returned.
* The Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux Uprising, (and the Dakota Uprising, the Sioux Outbreak of 1862, the Dakota Conflict, the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862 or Little Crow’s War) was an armed conflict between the United States and several bands of the eastern Sioux (also known as eastern Dakota). It began on August 17, 1862, along the Minnesota River in southwest Minnesota. It ended with a mass execution of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota in the largest one-day execution in American history. In April 1863, the rest of the Dakota were expelled from Minnesota to Nebraska and South Dakota.


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