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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PRESENTATION-Kolakowski & Admiral Rucker

On Wisconsin – a New Meaning!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Madison, WI (April 19, 2022) – Yesterday at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, the USS Wisconsin Association accepted a piece of the SSBN 827 Wisconsin, to be commissioned USS Wisconsin upon completion, from Rear Admiral (select) Jonathan Rucker on behalf of Governor Tony Evers and the

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Photo of J. Birney Dibble during the Korean War

Eau Claire Veteran J. Birney Dibble Recalls Korean War

During the Korean War, J. Birney Dibble, an Eau Claire, Wisconsin resident, served as a naval surgeon on active duty in the United States Naval Reserve. Though administratively assigned to E Company, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Dibble spent much of his time at the forward aid station attached

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Virtual! Drink & Draw April 2022

Back to Basics 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 returning to the basics using simple shapes and introductory perspective instruction while we look at images from military basic training. This event is

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Coulee Region Veteran Gary Castona Remembers

This blog post features extracts from an oral history interview with a Wisconsin veteran Gary Castona from La Farge, Wisconsin, in the Coulee region. He relates his experiences of Vietnam combat service and later Cold War Germany. Like many veterans, Castona’s military service affected the rest of his life. His

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Wisconsin Was There Art Exhibit

Veteran Art Exhibition Opens 3/16/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wisconsin Veterans Museum to Open Veteran Art Exhibition in Conjunction with the Southern Graphics Conference International Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wis. (March 3, 2022) — On March 16, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will open a new exhibit, “Wisconsin Was There: Sharing the Legacies of Printmakers

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Marcia Anderson, the Trailblazer

Today, in honor of women's history month, we release Marcia Anderson's oral history recording and transcript to the public. Anderson overcame obstacles by requesting positions held historically by men in the Army, demonstrating professional excellence on objective Army standards, knowing her profession better than her peers, and drawing on the

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Smithsonian Chooses Museum for Community Engagement Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wisconsin Veterans Museum to Collaborate with Smithsonian and International Coalition of Sites of Conscience on Year-Long Community Engagement Initiative   MADISON, Wis. (Feb. 10, 2022)  This Smithsonian Institution has selected the Wisconsin Veterans Museum to participate in the Fostering Critical Conversations with Our Communities program. The museum

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