Military Collections

Will Lehner, a long time resident of Portage County, is a member of the "First Shot Club" as his ship, the USS Ward, fired the first shots at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Will has been featured on several TV programs about the attack on Pearl Harbor and Wisconsin Public Television's Wisconsin Stories. We have about 90 minutes of video interview on this site also.

Our military collection is quite extensive. For presentation here we have divided our collection into specific conflicts. No attempt will be made to discuss the various conflicts in detail, except as it impacted Portage County, as much of this history is available elsewhere.

Malcolm Rosholt's County history, "Our County Our Story" published in 1959 provides detailed information of the wars beginning with the Civil War and ending with the Korean War. The chapter titled "Portage County in Five Wars" beginning on page 512 provides casualty lists. The appropriate section is reproduced in each war section.

  • Civil War -- The American Civil War or "War of the Rebellion" claimed more lives combined than all of the wars with U.S. involvement before or since.....
  • World War I -- The Great War! The war to end all wars!
  • World War II -- On September 1, 1939 Nazi Germany invaded Poland setting off the European conflict.....
  • Korean War -- June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953. 132,000 Wisconsinites served.....
  • Vietnam War -- Much has been written about the war that changed this country's perception of itself.....

 

     

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