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Alannah McReavey on Giving Back

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum supports Women's History Month. As part of that effort, we are featuring Alannah McReavey, who agreed to interview with us for the statewide women veterans oral history project: I Am Not Invisible. Here is her story. Alannah McReavey served with the United States Army Reserves from

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Tarra Gundrum on What is Possible

Tarra Rimone Pickens (later Gundrum) grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Cleveland Junior Naval Academy, an area Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC) high school, and determined by the age of seventeen that she wanted to join the United States Marine Corps, enlisting in 1998 at seventeen-and-a-half

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Urban A. Sippel with the First Special Service Force at Anzio

In this blog post, Urban A. Sippel of Glenbeulah, Wisconsin, retells his story with the 1st Special Service Force (1SSF) during World War II in Italy, from November 1943 to June 1944. He supplies a detailed account of the 1SSF at the Anzio beachhead and later breakout as part of

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Looking for Light

Looking for Light - in this blog, which is an extension of the article in the Winter 2023 issue of The Bugle, we’re sharing more background on the images featured in the magazine. The variations of light captured in these images vary from heavenly cloud formations to battle silhouettes. They

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Betty M. Prieve: A Song for the Holiday

Betty Mae Whitney Prieve was a Merrill, Wisconsin, native. She joined the United States Navy in 1942. She trained as an airplane mechanic in Norman, Oklahoma, before transferring to Lakehurst, New Jersey. In 1944, shortly after the combat related death of her brother, she volunteered for duty at Pearl Harbor

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The Green Bay Tribes: Volunteer Service in the Civil War

The Green Bay Tribes In 1861 three American Indian nations had reservations located in northeastern Wisconsin and reported to the federal Indian Agent located in Green Bay. Because of this, they were often referred to as the Green Bay tribes. The Menominee, Oneida, and Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans each had a unique

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Oneida Warrior James K. Overman on racism and rescuing pilots

James K. Overman of Delafield, Wisconsin, is the son of a World War I veteran and raised with a love for aviation. After receiving a draft notice in 1951, a year after graduating high school, Overman opted to enlist in the Air Force to ensure he got to fly planes

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53rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment

Organization Four companies of the 53rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment  were organized in April, 1865. They proceeded to St. Louis, MO, and thence to Ft. Leavenworth, KS.   Active Duty In Kansas, by order of the War Department, Companies A, B, C, and D were transferred to the 51st Infantry Regiment on

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52nd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment

Organization The 52nd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin, and left the state by companies in April, 1865, proceeding to St. Louis, MO.  Active Duty The regiment was assigned to duty in western Missouri and Kansas protecting the men building railways and restraining the depredations of

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51st Wisconsin Infantry Regiment

Organization The 51st Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Washburn, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during February, March, and April, 1865. Eight companies left the State in the latter part of April, and proceeded to St. Louis, MO.  The other four companies were shortly thereafter mustered out.  Active Duty The eight companies

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