Friends of the World War II Memorial are posting video clips of veterans interviewed at the memorial site.
Here is an interview with Huns Nass of Cecil, Wisconsin.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
From the Wisconsin Veterans Museum:
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, in partnership with Jessica Gross, a Public Humanities Exchange Scholar with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, is launching a graphic novel reading group for veterans. Participants will meet twice a month (evenings) in downtown Madison to discuss readings from war-themed graphic novels.
Through both true-to-life and fictional stories of combat, Jessica hopes to open up a dialogue on war and power among veterans. All veterans are welcome to participate, but combat veterans and those with recent service in Iraq and Afghanistan are encouraged to attend. All books will be provided by a grant received from the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Curator of Education Jennifer Kollath at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The Virtual Wall Vietnam Memorial listings for Wisconsin veterans is an amazing resource that allows you to look up Vietnam casualties by name or official home of record. I've provided the link for Wisconsin. The Virtual Wall covers the rest of the states as well.
Friday, June 6, 2014
|Kenneth Schumacher of Madison landed at Normandy 70 years ago.|
|Pfc. Schumacher, right, with his anti-aircraft gun crew in Europe.|
From the Wisconsin State Journal:
Seventy years ago, 21-year-old Kenneth Schumacher of Madison was floating in a landing ship off Omaha Beach.
As far as he could see to either side, boats were idling or maneuvering as German shells exploded in the water and on the beach, taking a terrible, bloody toll.
Trucks for gun crews like Schumacher’s were being blown up as they drove off the ships, through shallow water toward the beach.
“A direct hit and you’d see the doors fly open and you knew everyone was killed,” Schumacher said Thursday as sunlight bathed his face in a quiet library space in his nursing home on Madison’s East Side.
Read the full story here.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
|Staff Sgt. Daniel Clark, a Reedsburg resident who is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, participates in the National Sapper Stakes Competition May 5 -8 at Fort McCoy. Since the competition, Clark has been promoted to sergeant first class.|
From the Wisconsin State Journal: A Wisconsin-based team earlier this month took second place in a national competition to test skills at locating land mines and working with explosives.
The first National Sapper Stakes Competition took place May 5–8 at Fort McCoy near Sparta. Reedsburg native Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Clark, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was among the participants.
|Journalist and filmaker|
Jed Henry of Middleton,
Wisconsin, worked for
two years to force the
military to accept its errors.
|Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, KIA 8/13/44|
|Pfc. Gordon's charred wallet|
was returned to his family,
but the military said
it didn't know where
his remains were buried.
From the Wisconsin State Journal:
A Middleton man has finally outflanked the U.S. military in his determined two-year campaign to bring home the remains of a World War II veteran who had served with his grandfather.
Along the way, Jed Henry enlisted the help of the Madison Police Department, UW-Madison’s DNA Sequencing Facility, members of the state’s congressional delegation and two Madison-based forensic scientists.
“The people of Wisconsin really got this done for the Gordon family,” said Henry, a freelance journalist and filmmaker.
Henry was researching his grandfather’s Army reconnaissance company for a documentary when he stumbled across the strange case of Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon — the only member of the unit who was killed in action but never got a proper burial.
After butting heads with the Department of Defense Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command and the Defense POW-MIA Office since 2012, Henry said, he wasn’t surprised by the announcement in March that the agencies would be reorganized because of complaints about their performance in the recovery and identification of war dead.
|Temporary cemetery near Gorron, France, where|
Pfc. Gordon's remains were buried first, on Aug. 15, 1944,
as an unknown American soldier, then months later
reburied as an unknown German soldier.
|Cemetery for German soldiers where Pfc. Gordon's|
remains were buried in 1961.
In March, after Henry arranged for further testing at UW-Madison and
|Pfc. Gordon's nephew in the funeral vault in France where his|
uncles remains were exhumed on Sept. 13, 2013.
Last week, hundreds of veterans mounted motorcycles and headed for Washington, D.C., dedicating their 26th annual Run for the Wall rally to Gordon.
Henry and members of Gordon’s family plan to travel to France next month to take custody of the remains. They refused the military’s offer of military transport to the usual reception point for war dead, Dover Air Base in Delaware.
Read the full story here.
Monday, May 19, 2014
From the The Lakeland Times: Armed Forces Day 2014 provided the appropriate backdrop for a brief ceremony Saturday afternoon in Rhinelander.
The name of the street in front of the Wisconsin Army National Guard armory, Military Road, was formally renamed Adams Way, in honor of Rhinelander resident Ryan Adams, who had been a member of the Wisconsin Army Guard's 951st Engineer Company (Sappers) when he was killed in action in Afghanistan on Oct. 2, 2009.
It was his second deployment, the first being to Iraq in 2003.
Photo: The parents of Ryan Adams, Pete (left) and Jalane Adams, at Saturday's ceremony. (By Brian Jopek, The Lakeland Times)
For an update on veterans of the 951st: Esprit still strong among soldiers battered in Afghanistan