Paul Good Iron October 8, 1949 – March 23, 2015:
The Lakota Women Warriors have dedicated this next year in remembering their dear friend Paul Good Iron. Paul was a Vietnam Veteran who served in the US Navy. The Lakota Women Warriors became friends with Paul during their many travels throughout Indian Country and at veteran events. Paul’s son, Nathan Good Iron, US Army, was killed in action on Thanksgiving Day in 2006 while deployed to Afghanistan. Paul traveled many miles across the nation to bring the attention and awareness to everyone so they would not forget those service men and women who have been killed in action while serving our country. Paul carried the Killed in Action flag to these events.
The Lakota Women Warriors will continue to spread Paul’s message so everyone will never forget those warriors who gave the greatest sacrifice for our country. The Lakota Women Warriors will carry Paul’s Killed in Action flag to their events for the next year.
Paul was a friend, a fellow warrior and mentor. We want him and his family to know that his words and message will continue, and we are honored to carry that on for him and his son Nathan.
Four Generations of Good Irons
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) – World War I code talker Paul Good Iron was among 46 Lakota code talkers honored when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe held a ceremony to honor them last month.
Nathan Paul Good Iron, who goes by Paul, said his grandfather enlisted in the military when American Indians were not classified as citizens. Good Iron, of Mandaree, said his grandfather died when he was 27 years old.
Congressional Gold Medals were awarded to a number of American Indian tribes in recognition of the dedication and valor of tribal members who served as code talkers in the U.S. military during World War I and World War II. The medals were awarded during a ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2013.
Code talkers refer to American Indians who used their tribal languages to secretly communicate during wartime.
Good Iron has given for display a tribute made of metal with four generations of Good Iron veterans who either enlisted or volunteered to serve in the U.S. military to the Minot State University Native American Cultural Center and Fort Berthold Community College in New Town. Nathan Goodiron, a fourth generation of Good Iron veterans, was an alumnus of both MSU and the Fort Berthold college.
A metal tribute also was given for display to the Standing Rock Tourism Office at Fort Yates.
The four generations of Good Irons included on the approximately 12-inch by 24-inch tribute made of metal are:
Paul Good Iron, of the Standing Rock Reservation, who served in the Army during World War I.
His son, Gilbert N. Good Iron, also of Standing Rock, who served in the Army during World War II in North Africa and in Italy where he was wounded. He died in November 1977.
His son, Nathan Paul Good Iron, of Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Reservation, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy.
His son, Nathan J. Goodiron, of Mandaree, served in the North Dakota National Guard and was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2006.
“We are all classified as `service-connected disabled’ by our government,” Nathan Paul Good Iron told the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/KV5ZCz). He said other family members also have served in the military.
He noted that there are many veterans on Fort Berthold and Standing Rock reservations and other reservations. He said the metal tribute that he designed and was completed for him by Dakota Awards in Bismarck is one way people can honor veterans in their families.
Good Iron said he hopes families of all veterans can find ways to honor their veterans so future generations will know about the sacrifices that veterans have made so people of this country have the freedoms we have today.