Fox Valley Veterans Tell Their Stories

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum (WVM) collects and publishes a substantial number of veteran interviews from the Fox Valley and the surrounding area. Additionally, we act as the dark archives for several interviews from that region of Wisconsin. These Fox Valley oral history interviews range from the current day back to

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Warrant Officer Berry

Guest Blog by Rick Berry, Vietnam Veteran and WVM Volunteer

“…And when Charlie has the ground unit surrounded, we use what we call the high-overhead approach.” My Mom included the cartoon on the right in a scrapbook she complied regarding my military service. Portions of the scrapbook are exhibited on a touch screen display in the “Souvenirs of Service” exhibit

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Micabil Diaz talks about his experience in Sarajevo

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month upcoming in September, we are featuring the story of Wisconsin Veteran Micabil Diaz, who served in the United States Army from 1985 to 1997. Diaz grew up in Puerto Rico and came to Wisconsin to attend college. Diaz enlisted in the army in 1985

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Virtual! Drink & Draw August 2022

Old Abe the War Eagle Creating a Character Gather your supplies, pour yourself a beverage, and bring your artistic energy as we spend the evening together stretching our creative muscles. We will be designing a character based on Old Abe, the legendary mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. This event

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I Am Not Invisible 3.0: Women Veterans tell their stories

The Wisconsin I Am Not Invisible (IANI) women's veterans oral history project kicked off on June 9, 2022, following a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The I Am Not Invisible Project is an annual effort to photograph and interview women veterans. Click here for the current project website:

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Virtual! Drink & Draw July 2022

Fun & Creative Graphics Gather your supplies, pour yourself a beverage, and bring your artistic energy as we spend the evening together stretching our creative muscles. We will be creating fun background graphics to use in portraits. This event is free of charge and open to anyone who registers. We will

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Wisconsin Rapids Mark E. Anderson Reflects on Iraq

In his December 7, 2015, oral history interview, Major General Mark E. Anderson paints a profound and sometimes poignant picture of his military service from 1983 to 2022 in the United States Army. Anderson, a native of Wisconsin Rapids, hits his stride in his interview with Helen Gibb by relating

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Ghost Mountain commander from Neillsville

On December 7, 1942, a year after the Pearl Harbor Attack, Herbert M. Smith of Neillsville, Wisconsin, was wounded in the Battle of Buna-Gona while encouraging E and G Companies of 2nd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division. The battle for Buna remains one of the most brutal engagements of

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Virtual! Drink & Draw May 2022

Landscapes Gather your supplies, pour yourself a beverage, and bring your artistic energy as we spend the evening together stretching our creative muscles. We will be drawing landscapes with colored pencils. This event is free of charge and open to anyone who registers. We will send you a link to join

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Marcia Gates Photo

Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan in the Lost Battalion

The fall of the Philippines in 1942 left a deep scar on the lives of many Wisconsinites. In honor of International Nurses Day, we remember the nurses from our state who became prisoners of war following the 1942 fall of Bataan and capture of Corregidor. One especially tenacious servicemember who

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