Military History

Wisconsin has a proud military record. Since becoming a state in 1848, over 775,000 men and women from the Badger State have served in the armed forces during times of war and armed conflict, with thousands more on duty during peacetime. Famed military organizations like the Iron Brigade of the Civil War and the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division of the World Wars were predominantly made up of Wisconsin soldiers. National military figures like Douglas MacArthur, Billy Mitchell, and Richard Bong have Wisconsin ties, as do more locally known figures such as Charles King, Robert McCoy, and Mitchell Red Cloud.

Information about Wisconsin’s important role in America’s military past is organized on this site by conflict. We encourage users to explore and learn. Remember to search the museum’s collections to find artifacts, books, oral history interviews, letters, photographs, and more from Wisconsin veterans. Contact us if you have any questions or comments.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.