Above and Beyond the Call of Duty by Emily Irwin

On July 11, 1944, Gerald L. Endl made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to his country. “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty,” Endl was awarded the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military honor. Today, 70 years later, we recognize

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The La Crosse Light Guard Flag

When the Civil War began and President Lincoln called for volunteers in April 1861, Wisconsin’s volunteer militia companies answered the call. Among the first to offer their services to Wisconsin’s Governor Alexander Randall, the La Crosse Light Guard marched into Madison under a beautiful white silk flag made for them

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The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence – June 1917

June 3rd [1917] Dear Folks:- Another week gone by. Soon it will be time to split up into the different branches and have to work harder than ever. Before I forget it, I want to broach a subject which may make you very angry, and if it does let me

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The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence – May 1917

May 15, 1917 Dear Folks- Reached here this A.M. and went right to work. We are almost settled now, in the new barracks. Please send me some Bath Towels and some face towels – old ones preferably and when you send my laundry – don’t send any pajamas. Address me-

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MOST SIGNIFICANT CIVIL WAR ACQUISITION YET FOR WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM

May 1, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MOST SIGNIFICANT CIVIL WAR ACQUISITION YET FOR WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM Circuitous Journey for 1860 Flag Reads Like Detective Novel, Back of Flag Produces Remarkable Surprise MADISON, Wis. (April 25, 2017) – It was the evening of July 4, 1860. During an annual ball, the

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Spring 2017

Cover Story: The Legacy of Wisconsin in World War I | Year in Review

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MEDIA COVERAGE FOR WARRIOR BOOK CLUB

March 28, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MADISON, Wis. (March 29, 2017) – The Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s event Warrior Book Club has received the following media coverage. University of Wisconsin-Madison News  (March 28, 2017) NBC 15 (April 19, 2017)

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WORLD WAR I STORIES FROM A CENTURY AGO TOLD IN VETS’ OWN WORDS IS A FIRST FOR WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM

March 23, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WORLD WAR I STORIES FROM A CENTURY AGO TOLD IN VETS’ OWN WORDS IS A FIRST FOR WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM MADISON, Wis. (March 23, 2017) – The most powerful storytelling is first-person, unfiltered, heartfelt, and, at times, heart-wrenching. In days leading up to the

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A Shared Experience

Written By: Andrea Hoffman, Collections Manager While there are numerous reasons Wisconsin residents have joined the military over the last 150 years—each generation met with unique historical events and changing social expectations—serving one’s country has also been a shared experience within families. Whether a parent and child, siblings, or spouses,

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A Fateful Day

By Andrea Hoffman, Collections Manager The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is rich with stories of World War II veterans who eagerly and patriotically answered the call to service following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Fewer are the accounts of Wisconsin service members who had already enlisted prior to

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