(Senate - June 26, 2012)

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[Page S4634]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []


 Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota. Mr. President, today I wish to 
recognize Oliver Phillip Brown Wolf, a World War II veteran of the 
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Brown Wolf passed away on 
May 28, 2012. The community of Eagle Butte, SD and the Cheyenne River 
Indian Reservation has lost a war hero and friend.
  Oliver Brown Wolf was born on February 4, 1924 in Ziebach County, SD. 
At the age of 18 years old, Oliver enlisted in the United States Army 
in 1943 and served during World War II. Brown Wolf was a part of the 
U.S. Army 42nd Infantry Division and served as infantry scout and was 
involved in the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp. Oliver 
received three Bronze Stars for his service in World War II and was 
honorably discharged in March of 1946.
  Oliver Brown Wolf continued his service as an appointed tribal 
veterans service officer for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, which he 
held for more than 25 years. Brown Wolf also was a member of the 
American Legion Post #308 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Oliver 
dedicated his life to ensuring that veterans received the honor and 
recognition that they deserved for their military service.
  Throughout his life, Oliver was also committed to his culture and his 
family. Oliver was a member of many cultural organizations on the 
Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. He enjoyed sharing his Lakota way of 
life with the community. Oliver played a vital role in starting a 
cultural center and the International Sundance for the community.
  Oliver Brown Wolf's family is very proud of his service to his 
country, tribe, and fellow veterans. This untiring service will surely 
be missed by those who had the opportunity to meet and work with 
Oliver. At the center of each Tribal community, strong leaders are 
present to provide guidance and advice, and the Cheyenne River Sioux 
Tribe certainly benefited from Oliver's contributions.