The Life-Saving Gift to Majil Steiner

By Andrea Hoffman, Collections Manager On November 21, 1944, the B-29 “Snafuperbomber” with the 40th Bomb Group was attacked over Japan while approaching its target city of Omura. While badly damaged, the crewmembers managed to keep the B-29 airborne back across the China Sea. But when the aircraft’s usable fuel

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Veteran Sweethearts~Rose Jrolf and Fred Ray

Part of the Rose Ray WVM Collection  This formal portrait is of Rose Jrolf and Fred Ray on their wedding day in 1945. Rose is wearing a large lily and ribbon corsage and Fred is wearing a carnation boutineer. Rose enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 and

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World War II Sweethearts~Thomas F. Diener & Betty Gene Dealy

Part of the Thomas F. Diener WVM Collection  Thomas F. Diener, a Milwaukee native who served in the 2129th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon (Aviation) during World War II, and his girlfriend (and later wife) Betty Gene Dealy during his stateside training and service in England.     Thomas Diener proposing

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If Dreams Come True…~The Wanserski Family

Part of the George Wanserski WVM Collection by Laura Farley This is a love story about Wisconsin natives George Wanserski and Florence Lange that spans nearly five years of separation and struggle to raise their family. Married July 18, 1934, the Wanserskis set up home in the Milwaukee area and

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Winter 2018

Cover Story: In My Spare Moments: The Art of Harold F. Schmitz

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LIAISON OFFICER KARL HANSON

By Gregory Krueger, Curator of Exhibits After completing the Armor Officer’s Basic Course, where he made the Commandant’s List, Hanson was commissioned an Army Armor officer in 2000 as platoon leader with Task Force 1-64 Armor, Camp Dobol, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Returning stateside, he served as a tank platoon leader with Company

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Poetry and Proverbs

By Russell Horton, Reference Archivist “If I die a prisoner of war, I would like to have this diary sent to my Father, A. Ingersoll, Waupun, Wis.” -Frank J. Ingersoll, Diary Entry, ca. September 1864 In the first two years of the Civil War, soldiers from either side of the

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Remember Pearl Harbor

By Andrea Hoffman, Collections Manager Certain pivotal events in our nation’s history have remained “where were you when” moments for all who lived through them, with one of the most prominent being the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago this December. While most of our World War II

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MEDIA COVERAGE OF VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES AT THE WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM

November 15, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MADISON, Wis. (November 15, 2018) – The Veterans Day and World War I Armistice activities of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum has received the following media coverage. Real Life Library: Veterans Edition NBC15, November 11, 2018 WKOW27, November 11, 2018 World War I Armistice Milwaukee

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Finis la Guerre: The Eleventh Hour and the End of World War I

By Kevin Hampton, Curator of History On this Veterans Day, we mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I and a closing of the official centennial commemorations. As the days and weeks around Veterans Day will be busy with various programs and ceremonies, when you hear

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