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Marathon County Wisconsin

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Transcribed By: Marla Zwakman (unless otherwise noted)

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Marathon County Wisconsin 1883 Pensioners on the Roll
1890 Vet Census - Bergen
1890 Vet Census - Berlin (and Hamburg)
1890 Vet Census - Brighton
1890 Vet Census - Day, McMillan and Easton

Military Organizations, Lysander Cutler Post, G. A. R. No. 55
Company G, Third Regiment Wisconsin National Guard


Wausau in the Spanish-American War

World War II Honor List

Veterans of Berlin (all wars)

Veterans Grave Sites (Town of Brighton Municipal Cemetery)


Spanish-American War Heroes
Source: newspaper and date unknown

The following is a list of the deceased veterans of the Spanish-American war who are buried in the local cemeteries:

Frank G. Dana
Frank Gauger
Frank E. Albee
Bernhard Goers
Albert Gasy
Charles N. Goerling
Herman O. Miller Jr.
William Laatsch
William Bolger
T. W. Swan
Chem Roe
Thomas Fitzgerald


Source: Wisconsin's Gold Star List Soldiers, sailors, marines and nurses casualties for WWI

Army

Ahrendt, Herbert, 22, Hamburg ; pvt mgTC, Camp Hancock ; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 8, '18.


Allbaugh, Emery W., 24, Spencer; pvt 343inf; overseas; dd (pneu)
Oct 12, '18.

Andres, Carl August, 20,
Wausau; pvt 128inf; U. S.; dd (diph) Apr 7, '18.

Bisheau, Oakley, 22,
Marathon ; pvt 355inf; w Aug 31; kia Nov 4, '18.

Bonkoski, Frank, 24, Mosinee; pvt 341inf; dw
Oct 15, '18. 

Broetzman, Arthur W., 23,
Wausau; pvt 341inf; U. S.; dd (pneu) Dec 27, '18.

Brown, Dwight L., 22,
Wausau ; 2Lt 136mgbn; dw Nov 29, '18. 

Bruess, Helmuth,
Wausau ; WNG ; pvt 6inf ; w Jy 19; dd (perito) May 7, '19.

Burns, James A., 26,
Wausau ; pvt 28inf; Cantigny, Amiens ; kia May 28, '18.

Burns, John E., 19,
Wausau; pvt 1cl 128inf; dw Jy 23, '18. 

Busche, Chris A., 27, March; pvt Schl for Bkrs and Cks,
Camp Hancock; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 23, '18.

Bychinski, Nich. Joseph, 23,
Wausau; pvt 1cl 128inf; Alsace, AisneMarne; kia Aug 3, '18.

Cannon, James H., 25, Dancy; pvt 1cl 39inf; overseas; dd (pneu)
May 24, '18.

Case, Fred Thomas, 22, Brockaw; WNG; pvt 1cl 128inf; Alsace, 2Marne, Soissons, Champagne, Montfaucon; kia Oct 4, '18. 

Cayo, Edward J.,
22, m, Schofield; WNG; Mex Bdr; sgt 128inf; Alsace, Champagne; kia Oct 17,'18.

Chapman, George W., 27, Edgar; corp 127inf; kia
Aug 4, '18. Feck, Ernest, 28, Wausau; pvt 353inf; Argonne-Meuse; dw Nov 3, '18.

Gappa, Joseph Walter, 22,
Wausau; WNG; pvt 1cl 128inf; Montdidier-Noyon, Aisne-Marne; kia Aug 3, '18.

Gebelein, William, 26, Rozellville; pvt 28inf;
Argonne; dw Oct 19, '18.

Gerhartz, Peter, 25,
Marathon; pvt 354inf; kia Oct 21, '18. 

Gossage,
Roy, 22, Wausau; pvt 38inf; St. Mihiel, Champagne; dw Oct 12, '18.

Gregware, Henry, 25, Mosinee; pvt 338inf; St. Mihiel drive; kia
Nov 5, '18.

Greiner, Anton A4 22,
Athens; pvt inf Camp Hancock Sept rpldrft; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 18,'18.

Hart, George L., 21,
Athens; pvt MC 58rplunit; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 12, '18.

Heidemann, Emil,
25, m, Wausau; pvt rctcmp, Camp MacArthur; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 12,'18.

Heisler, Albert, Jr., 21,
Wausau; pvt SATC, Beloit College; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 31,'18.

Hekedesh, Andrew Thomas, 23,
Stratford; pvt 4inf ; dw Oct 26, '18. 

Hlava, Ladislaus G., 23,
Wausau; pvt 355inf; dw Oct 2, '18. 

Hoernke, Carl Ernest, 22, Edgar; pvt SATC,
Kansas City; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 12, '18.

Hoffer, Frank, 24, Halsey ; pvt 4inf ;
Argonne ; kia Oct 22, '18. 

Horak, Norbert J., 21,
Wausau; wag supco 70fa; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 26, '18.

Johnas, Frank F., 26,
Athens; pvt 339mgbn; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 6, '18.

Johnson, Hjalmar G., 22,
Wausau; pvt 341ambco 311sntn; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 1, '18.

Kaser, Peter H., 24,
Stratford; pvt 39inf; Allied offnsve, 2Marne; dd (pneu) Oct 29, '18.

Kelnhofer, Louis, 23, Rozellville; pvt 127inf;
Alsace, Fismes, Soissons, Verdun; w Oct 8; dd (diph) Oct 26, '18.

Kiefer, Walter C., 18,
Wausau; pvt ambco MOTC; U. S.; dd (mening) Mch 11,'18.

Kissinger, Roland P., 21, Spencer; pvt 344inf; overseas; dd (pneu)
Oct 16, '18.

Koppa, Joseph H., 21, Wausau; WNG; pvt 28inf; Cantigny, Soissons, St. Mihiel, Argonne; kia Oct 1, '18.

Kops, Otto H., 26, Unity; corp 107suptn; overseas; d (accidental injury)
Oct 3, '18.

Kordus, Paul Felix, 23,
Marathon; WNG; pvt 128inf; Alsace, 2Marne; dw Aug 24,'18.

Kregel, Edward, 25,
Wausau ; pvt 28inf; Cantigny, Soissons ; kia Jy 18, '18.

Kroening, Emil C., 23,
Wausau; corp fatngbn, Camp Taylor; U. S.; dd (pneu) Feb 4, '19.

Krueger, Arthur W.,
27, m, Wausau; pvt 9inf; Argonne; kia Nov 4, '18.

Lewandowsky, Leo J., 21,
Wausau; sgt 128inf; Alsace, 2Marne, Soissons ; dw Sept 1, '18.

Luchterhand, Paul Emil, 25, Spencer; pvt 314remsq QMC; MeuseArgonne; k (rr accident)
Sept 29, '19.

Luedtke, George Herman, 23,
Wausau; pvt 311engnrs; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 6, '18.

Maguire, James, 25, Dancy ; pvt 354inf; kia
Nov 1, '18. 

Marquardt, Frank W., 23,
Wausau; pvt 1cl 28inf; kia Oct 3, '18. 

Matysik, Alex. J., 25,
Athens; pvt 7inf; Argonne; dd (pneu) Oct 8, '18.

Mauritz, George, 27,
Athens ; pvt 59inf; Marne ; kia Jy 18, '18. 

Melang, Otto C., 28, Wausau; WNG; pvt 28inf; Soissons, Cantigny; kia Jy 23, '18.

Meyer, Benjamin G., 24, Colby; pvt 342inf; overseas; dd (pneu)
Oct 11, '18.

Miller, John F., 30,
Wausau; pvt 28inf; St. Mihiel, Argonne; dw Oct 5, '18.

Monien, Leo M., 24, Moon ; WNG ; pvt 28inf; kia
May 28,'18. 

Montgomery, Frank T., 25,
Wausau; 2Lt 305inf; Meuse-Argonne; dw Oct 3, '18.

Myers, Frank J., 22, Mosinee ; b Carson, Portage Co.; pvt 130inf ; kia
Aug 18, '18. Cited for bravery.

Nehrbass, Henry, 22,
Athens ; pvt 127inf; kia Jy 31, '18.

Nelson, Earl, 27,
Wausau; WNG; pvt 28inf; dw Jy 19, '18.

Nest, August H., 25, Mosinee; pvt 309inf; w Oct 16; dw
Nov 6, '18. 

Ninneman, John, 27,
Wausau; wag supco 128inf; 2Marne, Soissons, see; kia Aug 29, '18.

Oertel, Arthur Arnold, 23,
Wausau; pvt 161depbrig; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 2, '18.

Oertel, Emil Lewis, 24, Rozellville; pvt 127inf; kia
Aug 4, '18. 

Passow, Ferdinand, 23, Mosinee; pvt 339inf; overseas; dd (pneu)
Sept 11, '18.

Paszek, Stanislaus, 29, Edgar ; pvt 129inf ; overseas ; dd (pneu)
Dec 14, '18.

Pearson, Ernest W., 19,
Wausau; sgt 128inf; overseas; dd (leukemia) June 22, '18.

Peckham, Guy Elven, 26,
Dorchester; pvt 161depbrig; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 7,'18.

Petri, William S., 23, Rozellville ; corp 127inf; near Fismes ; kia
Aug 5,'18.

Pickett, Lee, 24, Spencer; 2Lt 102inf; Aisne-Marne; kia
Oct 30,'18. 

Prochnow, Reinhold G., 27,
Wausau; pvt 311engnrs; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 7,'18.

Punk, Frank E., 23,
Wausau; pvt 28inf; kia Oct 6, '18.

Radant, Arthur E., 26,
Wausau; pvt 118engnrs; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 9"18.

Raduechel, Walter, 22,
South Wausau; pvt 355inf; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 17, '18.

Rahn, Emil Max, 24,
Wausau; pvt 311engnrs; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 6,'18.

Roll, William A., 26,
Wausau ; pvt 4inf ; kia Oct 4, '18.

Rose, Henry M., 32,
Wausau; pvt 1cl 4inf; kia Oct 1, '18. 

Sawyer, Edward A., 23, Fenwood; pvt 341inf; overseas; dd (pneu)
Sept 30,'18.

Schmitt, John S., 32,
Athens; pvt 1cl prvnlmgbn; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 8, '18.

Schoepke, August F., 22, Ringle; pvt 341inf; overseas; dd (pneu)
Jan 3, '18.

Schremp, Walter Henry, 22,
Athens; pvt SATC, Kansas City; . U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 4, '18.

Schultz, Robert W., 23, Schofield; pvt 355inf; St. Mihiel; dd (pneu)
Sept 23, '18.

Sell, Edward R., 29,
Wausau; pvt 341inf; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 2, '18.

Silbereisen, George Theodore, 21, Unity ; Yet unasgnd ;
U. S.; dd (pneu) Nov 4, '18.

Smith, Frank, 27, Halder; pvt 163depbrig;
U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 11"18.

Smith, Peter C., 26, Colby; pvt 503engnrs resbn; overseas; dd (mening)
May 4, '18.

Spitzenberger, Herman J.,
22, m, Colby; pvt Auto Schl tngdet, Kansas City; U. S.; dd. (influ) Oct 4, '18.

Stojentin, William von, 25, Unity; pvt 343inf; overseas; dd (pneu)
Nov 6, '18.

Strachota, Albert A.,
22, m, Wausau; WNG; pvt 28inf; kia Jy 19, '18.

Sutter, George J., 30,
Athens ; pvt 37medrplunit ; overseas ; dd (pneu) Oct 4, '18.

Tischendorf, Carl, 22,
Dorchester; pvt MD; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 20, '18.

Umhoefer, Anton L., 22,
Wausau; pvt 161depbrig; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 6, '18.

Veitenhaus, Joseph F., 23,
Athens; pvt 311engnrs; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 3, '18.

Weigel, Nick A., 24, McMillan ; pvt 354inf ;
Verdun ; kia Nov 5, '18.

Werner, Bernhard, Jr., 32, Edgar; pvt 47inf; kia
Aug 10, '18. 

Wilichowski, Joseph William, 22,
Marathon; pvt 354inf; Verdun; kia Nov 1, '18.

Willner, Edwin Frederick, 22, Edgar; pvt Auto Schl,
Kansas City; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 7, '18.

Wirkus, Daniel J., 24, Edgar; pvt 341inf; overseas; dd (pneu)
Oct 20, '18.

Witte, Fred J., 27, Colby; pvt 341inf;
U. S.; dd (pneu) Jan 2,'18. 

Zastrow, Fred G., 29,
Wausau; pvt 318fremsq QMC; overseas; dd (append) Nov 7, '18.

Zettler, Paul,
29, m, Stratford; hqgr mgtngc, Camp Hancock; U. S.; dd (influ) Oct 19, '18.

Zochert, Oscar, 28,
Wausau; pvt 353inf; overseas; dd (tuberc) Oct 27, '18.

Navy

Ahart, Joe, 22, Wausau; fireman 3cl; d USS Solace, Base No. 2, Yorktown, Pa., Mch 28, '18.

Bohnsdahl, Sigurd Leopold, 20, Mosinee; app seaman; dd (influ) Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill., Oct 5, '18.

Colombo, John Arthur Joseph, 22, Wausau; seaman 2c1; d Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill., Dec 30, '17.

Geisler, Arnold Julius, Wausau; seaman 2cl; d Naval Hospital, Annapolis, Md., Oct 9, '18.

Moore, Levi Blanchard, 23, Galloway; ldsm for elec radio; dd (meas) Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill., May 17, '18.

Witta, Jacob, 25, Ringle; fireman 3cl; d Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., Sept 24, '18.

Marines

Eggleston, Claude Leroy, 29, Unity; rplbn; overseas; d (drowning) Mch 27, '20.


Veterans buried in Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery - Cassel

Cemetery List

Source: Cassel Centennial Booklet

WORLD WAR I
Gregor J Budzinski - from town of Marathon (1969)
Joseph P Cichon - from town of Marathon (1976)
John R Dalsky
Alex B Dalsky
John M. Dalsky
Joe Greismer
Peter Jakubowski
Frank A. Knetter (1925)
John Knetter (1952)
Lawrence Kordus
*Paul F Kordus
Harry Lang
Phillip G. Lang
John Nowak (1931)
Joseph Pospychalla
Alex Pospychalla
George Seliger
Fred Semski - from town of Emmet (1957)
Anton C. Skrzypchak (1979)
Joseph Stencil
Frank Szuminski (1959)
Anton T. Wenzel (1981)
August Wilichowski,
Frank Wilichowski (1975)
*Joseph Wilichowski
Frank Zemski

WORLD WAR II
Anton Adamski
Victor E. Adamski (1966)
Alex Andreshak
Clarence Berens
Lamont Berens
Adam L. Brzezinski (1981)
Anselm Ceranski
Michael Ceranski
Myron Cramer
Philip Dalsky
Harvey Drengler
*Alois Dreikosen
Gerald Dreikosen
Joseph A. Feltzkowski (1987)
Alfred Gruny
Anton Hornung Jr.
Maurice Hughes
Anton Imhoff
Alfred Joswiak
John Joswiak
Joseph Karlen
Norton Kempf
John Klosinski (1981)
Joseph Klosinski
David Knoeck
Gilbert Knoeck
Alfred Kohler
Richard Kohler
George Kordus
Valerian Kordus
Adam Krause
Anton Krause
Arthur Lang
*Alex O. Lang
Erhart Lang
Harold Lang
Leo Lang
Richard Lang
Rueben Lang
Clemens Lepak
Isadore S. Lepak (1966)
Lawrence Lepak
Raymond Lepak
Alois Lemanski,
Andrew Lemanski|
David Marzynski
Valentine Marzynski
David Murkowski
Harry Muelbeck
Adolph R. Pospyhalla - killed in action Aseatic area, WWII 1944 Son of Louis & Anna Pospychalla

Edward Pospychalla
Erwin Rader
Hugo Rader
Francis Schilling
John Skrypchak Jr.
Stanley Starzynski
Clarence Sturgul
Alex Szymanski
 Edwin Szymanski
Joseph Szymanski
Wallace Szymanski
Adam E. Wadzinski (1988)
Adolph Wadzinski
Anton L. Wadzinski (1982)
Clemens Wadzinski
Frank Wadzinski
Harry Wadzinski
*Raymond A. Wadzinski - killed in action in France WWII 1944 Son of Frank &Jennie Wadzinski

Aloysius Wilichowski
Alfred Wilichowski
 

KOREAN WAR

Philip Adamski
LeRoy Adamski
Wilbert Bantes
Richard Imhoff
Adolph J. Jakubowski (1986)
Ronald Kirstein
Elroy Lang
Orville Lang
Leandor Lepak
Robert Schneeburger
Myron Lepak
Arnold Seliger
Cyril Seliger
Melvin Seliger
John Szuminski
Anthony Trawickie
Marvin Wadzinski
Clarence Wenzel
Joe Wesolowski
Arthur Wilichowski
Henry J. Zemski from town of Marathon (1973)
 


V1ETNAM WAR
Donald Adamski
David Ceranski
Steve Burger
Fidelis Ceranski
Arnold Heil
Dennis Heil
James Heil
Richard Heil
Donald Imhoff
Henry Imhoff Jr.
Mike Joswiak
David Karlen
Gerald Karlen
John Kirstein
Jerome Koppa
Landelin Koppa
David Huebsch
Michael Huebsch
Tom Huebsch
Arthur Lang
Gary Lang
Derrell Lang
Kenneth Lang
Leonard Lang
Charles Lemmer
Ralph Lemmer
Robert Lemmer
Joseph Lepak
Leander Lepak
Marlin Lepak
James Lemanski
Thomas Milbeck
George Pesanka
Thomas Pesanka
Ronald Rajek
Kenneth Schuster
Terrance Szymanski
George Wadzinski
Jeffrey Wadzinski
Robert Wadzinski
Clarence Werner
David Wielock
Dennis Wielock
Marcel Wielock
Martin Wielock

 



[*Denotes Killed in Action]
 


Spencer's Men in the Military
Source: Spencer Centennial Book (1874 - 1974) pages 89-94

Second Lieutenant Lee F. Pickett
Lee Francis Pickett was born and reared in Spencer and completed ninth grade at Spencer Public Schools. Following his graduation from Rice Lake High School in 1912, he taught rural schools in North Dakota for some time. From September 1915 to May 1917 he was a student at Oshkosh Normal School, specializing in Industrial Arts. Being an accomplished musician, he was assistant director of the student band while there. A call came in May 1917 for college men to go into Officers Candidate School at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois, and although he was due to graduate in the summer, he left school to report to Ft. Sheridan for training. About November 30, 1917, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant and left Spencer January 10, 1918, to sail for France, he left the United States with four fellow R.O.T.C. lieutenants and was assigned to the Yankee Division. In May he received a citation for having led a group of men on a successful night raid of the German lines. During the second battle of the Marine he was wounded and again cited for bravery. He was the only Company Officer still able to maneuver and, although shot in the leg, continued to lead his men. His citation reads in part, “For your gallant conduct and devotion to duty in the field on July 20 to 25, 1918, although wounded continued to lead your platoon under fire…” After hospitalization he rejected an offer of a “behind the lines” job, having an urgent desire to return to his men at the front where he arrived October 25. He was killed in the Argonne October 30, 1918.

Depot Agent John Mais, with the telegram in hand, started to the Post Office on what he would afterward describe as the longest walk he would ever take. He stopped enroute at the garage (now Jensen’s Motors) where Polly Parrette Vanderhoof was working as a mechanic. She drove at once to the Parrette farm to break the news to her mother, Lt. Pickett’s grandmother.

Later there would be letters of tribute and high praise written by his commanding officer and other fellow officers. A street in Ft. Sheridan would be named in his honor and the Legion Post in his home town would bear his name. But now a jubilant town that had but a short time ago rejoiced with merrymaking over the end of the war, was plunged into sadness as they mourned with their highly respected and well loved Postmistress, the loss of her only son.

Vernald Graves McIlhattan
That summer Saturday of July 28, 1945, would have been no different than any other Saturday in a thriving busy rural town had it not been for a telegram delivered by depot agent Herman Metzger to Foster McIlhattan, a member of Graves Mercantile Co., at his place of business. The telegram began with the conventional words, “We regret to inform you” and went on to tell him of the death of his only son, Capt. Vernald Graves McIlhattan, on board a Japanese vessel enroute from the Phillippines to a prison in Japan.

Capt. McIlhattan became a member of the ROTC while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from which he graduated. Following Pearl Harbor, he was ordered to the Phillippines where he was later imprisoned by the Japanese. He suffered chest wounds during a bombing of the first ship on which he had been placed, was transferred to another vessel where he died of wounds aggravated by unsanitary conditions and malnutrition just two days before reaching Japan, January 28, 1945. He was buried at sea.

That Saturday evening there was the usual number of country folk who had come to town to do their weekly shopping and the usual number of villagers who had gone down town to do some last minute shopping, as no stores were open on Sunday. Anyone stepping from his car to the street could sense an unusual atmosphere of quietness, intermingled with sadness and reverence. There was no hand waving or cheery greetings being called across the street, no lively conversation and loud guffaws on the street corners; the tones were subdued and the laughter absent. In the various stores to which one went to make purchases, the greetings were kind and courteous, the service efficient, but no one lingered to pass the time of day. The long awaited, yet dreaded, word had come, confirming everyone’s worst fears. Methodically shoppers loaded their purchases into their cars and left a quieted shopping center. Another son had given his “last full measure of devotion” in another World War.

Later in the fall there would be a Service of Commemoration in the Municipal Hall conducted by the Rev. Arthur Oates of the Presbyterian Church of Marshfield speaking words of comfort and encouragement from the last half of John 5:4 “and this is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” There would be a male choir of eight men from his church singing, “The City Foursquare.” There would be a moving and eloquent tribute written and read by Commander R. L. Parrette of the Lee F. Pickett American Legion Post. There would be a presentation by the Post Chaplain of a United States flag to the widow with all due form and ceremony, a widow who had already received the Purple Heart from the War Department, a citation from the President of the United States, and an honor certificate from the University of Wisconsin, but his finest tribute would remain the stillness of his home town one summer Saturday evening.

Private Fred Vought, soldier of the Spanish American War, was killed in action August 12, 1898 in a charge made on Albonita Pass, Puerto Rico and was brought back here for burial April 12, 1899. His grave, with marker, is in the West Spencer Cemetery.

Other Spencer boys serving in the Spanish American War and who were a part of Company A of Marshfield were Al Trumball, Eugene McVean, William LaFever, Burt Whitmore, Noris Welch, Spencer Graves, Earl Holmes, Sebastian Bord. George Cook, of Unity, joined the Spencer group and became their morale booster by providing them with laughter, daring, a solution to any problem of the day, and a sure feeling of undefeat. Martin Engel, who enlisted with a different unit, came to Spencer after the war. He served as Chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, assisting at the funerals of many comrades.

Three Spencer boys lost their lives in World War I. The records of our local Legion Post are not available, and we have been unable to obtain much information except on Lt. Lee F. Pickett. We have learned that Paul Luchterhand lost his life in a railway accident in Germany. Several Spencer veterans know there was a third soldier killed but cannot recall his name. We regret not having more information on these two soldiers.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bruesewitz, Route 1, Spencer, were called upon to make a double sacrifice and endured the heartbreak of having two sons sent home for burial. Private Raymond (Johnny) Bruesewitz, a Spencer High School graduate, was killed in Italy August 17, 1946, and buried in West Spencer Cemetery November 26, 1946.

Sergeant Harold (Breezy) Bruesewitz was the first Spencer boy to be killed in World War II. He was a graduate of Spencer High School and had been employed at the Roddis Veneer Plant before enlisting in the Army on August 17, 1942. He received his basic training at Camp Callan, California, and was in shipyard duty at Bremerton and Port Orchard, Washington, before going overseas in August of 1944. He was killed in action in Belgium on January 25, 1945, and was buried in the West Spencer Cemetery beside the grave of his brother, Pvt. Raymond Bruesewitz.

S. Sgt. Stanley B. Wojcik, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wojcik, Route 1, Spencer, entered the army in 1939, and after a training period in the States was sent to Pearl Harbor. He was stationed on one of the Philippine Islands when the Japanese struck. He was killed in action while fighting on Luzon in the Philippines February 2, 1945. He had been awarded the Bronze Star and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the Japanese. A brother, Peter, was wounded in Belgium the same day Sgt. Wojcik was killed.

Pvt. Frank Ertl, infantryman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ertl of Spencer, embarked for the European theater of war in 1943. On July 6, 1944, his parents received news from the War Department that their son was missing in action as of May 10, 1944. It was not until October 10, 1944 that the Secretary of War was able to confirm that he had been killed on the date he had been reported missing in action. He was buried in Italy.

Corp. Leroy Schultz of the Marine Corps, 3rd Division, was killed in action on the island of Iwo Jima February 23, 1945, his 23rd birthday. He was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Elliot, to them the son they had never had. He resided with them on their farm south of town for 10 years, graduating from Spencer High School in 1940.

Pvt. George J. Boehm of the Marine Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Boehm, left for service January 3, 1943 and received his basic training at Camp Elliot, San Diego, California. He embarked for foreign duty in mid-summer without having an opportunity to visit his home. He had been overseas more than six months when his parents received a telegram signed by Gen. Alexander Vandergrift, informing them that their son had been killed in action in the Southwest Pacific Theater of War.

Corp. Steve G. Hofmann, a Town of Spencer soldier with the 2nd Division of Infantry, was doing reconnaissance work and took part in the invasion of Normandy, France in July 1944 and was killed there on September 9, 1944.

Pfc. Marvin E. Domer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Domer, entered the service in June, 1944, and was with the HG & HG Det. 249th ORD, BN. He was sent overseas in December – landing in Italy. On October 3, 1945 he met with an unfortunate accident while driving a one-quarter ton jeep in northern Italy and passed away without regaining consciousness. He was placed in the Military Cemetery in Northern Italy, then on July 1, 1949, he was returned and laid to rest in St. John’s Cemetery in Riplinger, Wisconsin.

Fireman Jimmy Ried Harries, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Harries, was a crew member aboard the L.C.M. Craft No. 6-34. The craft was assigned to Naval support activity at DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of June 26, 1968 while providing vital support to the Naval Support Activity at Cua, Vietnam, the detachment began receiving enemy artillery fire when the nearby concrete bunkers were being shelled. Jim attempted to get his craft underway and out to sea when a round detonated in the water about 20 yards astern of the craft. Fireman Harries received shrapnel wounds causing almost instant death.

Navyman William Bruesewitz, son of Frank Bruesewitz, of Spencer, was killed at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 while serving on board the battleship Oklahoma.

Alfred Heath, son of Grant Heath, of Spencer, was serving on board the U.S.S. Arizona when it was sunk by the enemy at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. The ship was hit hard, rolled over and sank and was not raised. The bodies of its crew are entombed there. A National Shrine has now been built upon the hull of the sunken ship. It is a beautiful shrine called the U.S.S. Memorial whose inscription reads “To the brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice on December 7, 1941.”

PRISONERS OF WAR

Four Spencer men have been prisoners of war. Capt. Vernald G. McIlhattan and Staff Sergeant Heinz Ratsch of World War II, Sgt. Reuben Fischer of the Korean War, and Commander William Metzger of the Vietnam War.

Staff Sgt. Heinz Ratsch of the 228th Signal Company, U.S. Army, was captured May 6, 1942, at Corregidor, Philippines. After being moved from one prison to another (five in all), he was taken to Japan and released there Sept. 5, 1945, having been imprisoned for three years and four months. Referring to it now, he remarks, “the Japanese gave me a tour of the Philippines and Japan.” Heinz and his sister, Dorothy, made their home with Mayme Suprey at her hotel for a number of years and to Heinz, Spencer is his home town. He and his wife, Helen, live in Greensboro, North Carolina where he is a Senior Development Engineer with Western Electric, working with the design and development of a surface to air missile system. His 22 year old son is assistant manager at the K Mart there, and his 20 year old daughter is a junior at the University of N.C., Chapel Hill, majoring in psychology.

Lt. Valmore Schilleman (son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ingham), a bomber pilot, was shot down over Vienna September 26, 1944, on his first mission and was captured. He was later freed from Stalag Luft. No. 1 in Germany. His wife, Dorothy, mad her home here with her parents during the war and, following his return, they both resided here for a time.

Sgt. Reuben Fischer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Fischer, of rural Spencer, went overseas January 15, 1953. He was forward observer with the 555th Field Artillery Battalion when their outfit was overrun by the North Korean Communists in a fierce fight on July 12, 1953. Sgt. Fischer was reported missing in action August 25, 1953. After six weeks of suspense, his parents received a message that he had been released by the Communists at Freedom Village in Korea.

The 555th Field Artillery Division was stationed on the eastern tip of the Iron Triangle supporting the R.O.K. Division during the Red’s last push of the Korean War. They launched their major attack in the Kumhwa Valley at nine o’clock at night with 4000 troops and pushed right through. The R.O.K.’s could not hold them and the South Koreans left, leaving the Artillery Battalion of 800 men to block the assault. At 4 o’clock the next morning they received orders to move out but were surrounded. Some managed to escape over the hill, others were captured. The 158 men in Sgt. Fischer’s outfit were marched from Kumhwa to Chorwon, on the westerly tip of the Iron Triangle, a gathering point for prisoners and interrogation. They were later forced to march to Cinnampo, a distance of 160 miles. Only 53 of the 158 survived the ordeal of that march, many of them suffering from wounds received in the battle.

When Sgt. Fischer went aboard the Phoenix enroute to San Francisco, prison privation and brutality had cut his weight down from 187 pounds to 127 pounds. He arrived at his parents; home in Milwaukee September 19, 1953. He was later hospitalized at Great Lakes Naval Hospital for the removal of some pieces of shrapnel from his legs.

Lt. Commander Wm. J. Metzger Jr., son of Wm. Metzger and Myrtle Morrow Metzger, both Spencer High School graduates, was born in Spencer and spent most of his boyhood here. Later he moved with his parents to Wisconsin Rapids, graduated from Lincoln High School there, and in 1964 from the Wisconsin University, Stevens Point. He entered O.C.S. at Pensacola, Florida in June 1964, completed Jet Training and received his Naval wings at Chase Field, Beeville, Texas April 1, 1966. He was then assigned to Miramer Naval Air Station in San Diego, California, and in January 1967 sailed on Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard for Vietnam.

After flying 50 missions he was shot down near Hanoi May 19, 1967 and was taken prisoner. He suffered two broken legs and due to inadequate medical treatment, one leg became shorter than the other.

He was freed March 4, 1973 and arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D. C. March 6. He remained in Bethesda Naval Hospital until April 1 and returned to Wisconsin Rapids for the Welcome Home Celebration, which relatives and friends from Spencer attended. On May 2 he was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

He re-entered Bethesda Naval Hospital on June 28 for surgery on his legs. At present he is working with the Navy Harpoon Guided Missile Project. He has recently been relieved of the heavy braces used to stretch the shorter leg which is still in the process of healing.

He and his wife, Bonnie, who were married in 1964, now reside at Annandale, Virginia. Lt. Commander Metzger plans to attend graduate school in Monterey, California this fall.

Everyone in this community rejoiced with his grandmother, Mrs. Blanche Metzger, upon his release from prison and his safe return home, and we share her hopes for a complete healing of both legs.


Marathon County Korean War Inductees
Source: Wausau newspaper, Tuesday (possibly Mar. 1951) contributed by Duane Mantick

Fifty-eight Men From County to Leave For Induction
Fifty-eight Marathon county men will leave here tomorrow noon by bus for Milwaukee to be inducted into the armed services. The Rotary club will serve the men a light lunch.

Leader of the group will be Karl V. Williams, 926 ½ Kichbusch street, and his assistant will be William P. Cherek, Hatley route 1.

Two men are volunteering for induction ahead of their call. They are Leonard H. Frank, Schofield route 1, and Harvey H. Kufahl, Athens, route 3.

Two men registered with the local board were transferred elsewhere. Milton K. Denton, Mosinee, route 1, transferred to a California board, and Keith McHugh, Edgar route 3, to an Iowa board.

The next group will leave here April 11. There will be 13 for preinduction examinations and 42 for induction. They will leave on the same day at 12:30 p.m.

Others leaving tomorrow include Robert W. Flor, 1018 Sixth street; Alois A. Krueger, 608 N. Second avenue; James E. Kuski, 414 West street; Jerome R. Nikolai, 701 Henrietta street; David C. Petri, 1209 Cleveland avenue; Edwin J. Petroski Jr., 721 ½ S. Third avenue; Donald A. Plautz, 801 Town Line road,

Norman R. Aanonsen, Eland route 1; Robert J. Barrick, Wausau route 2; Dennis R. Bauman, Edgar route 4; Charles W. Baumann, Wausau route 3; Douglas W. Berres, Schofield; Thomas P. Bishop, Edgar route 4; Alfred Buelow, Dancy; Edward J. Dvorak, Athens route 2; Richard Feit, Mosinee route 2; Howard R. Green, Mosinee.

Jerome P. Greisch, Edgar; Alfred W. Gumz, Dorchester route 1; Edgar A. Gunderson, Aniwa route 1; Trueman L. Habeck, Schofield; Edmund A. Hart, Athens route1; Delmar A. Hintz, Wausau route 2; Lee N. Johnson, Wausau route 1; Raymond C. Kondzels, Edgar; Henry Kruit, Birnamwood route 3; Clarence F. Mallak, Athens route 1; Alphones J. Mroczenski, Edgar route 5; Edwin H. Mueller, Edgar route 1; George Oleinik, Hatley route 1; Alfred E. Ostrowski, Hatley; Anthony L. Passehl, Athens route 2.

Richard G. Pokrant, Marshfield route 3; Donald R. Schmidt, Wausau route 4; Walter L. Schoonover, Schofield route 1; Paul L. Schulz, Wausau route 3; Harvey G. Strehlow, Ringle route 1; James G. Switlick, Athens route 2; Delmar E. Telschow, Stratford route 1; Harley M. Vanderkooy, Eland route 1; Clarence H. Zinkel Jr., Marathon; Clarence M. Bruski, Wittenberg route 1, and Lawrence F. Stenzel, Athens route 3.


Marathon County Korean War Casualties (1951)
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 8 Nov. 1951

Nine of 57 March Draft Men are Casualties

* The young men of Marathon county who went off to serve their country last March 21 have already paid more than their share in blood for the United Nations efforts for victory in Korea.

It was a typical March day – cool and windy – when 57 Marathon county young men, all in their early twenties to late teens, reported to the ? service office in the courthouse annex at Wausau and boarded Greyhound buses for the trip to Milwaukee and induction into the armed forces.

Today, a little more than seven months later, nine of them have been battle casualties in far-off Korea. Two have paid the price of liberty with their lives, six have been wounded on the field of battle and one has been reported missing in action.

Nearly every on of the battle victims received infantry basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., came home on furlough in July and arrived in Korea by mid-August.

Those of the group who have made the supreme sacrifice were:

Pfc. Douglas W. Rose, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rose of Wausau, killed in action Oct. 4.

Pfc. Lawrence F. Stenzel, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luke Stenzel, town of Rietbrock, killed in action Sept. 21.

The GI missing in action is Pfc. Edwin Mueller, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mueller, town of Wien. He has been missing since Sept. 25.

The roster of wounded includes the following:

Pvt. Harvey G. Strehlow, Ringle, route 1, wounded Aug. 30.

Pvt. Alphonse J. Mroczenski, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mroczenski, town of Rib Falls, wounded Sept. 23.

Pfc. Walter Schoonover, Jr., 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schoonover, town of Weston, and husband of Mrs. Lauerne Schoonover, Milwaukee, lost his right leg early in October.

Pvt. Richard C. Feit, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Feit, town of Kroenwetter, wounded Oct. 7.

Pvt. Jerome R. Nikolai, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nikolai, Wausau, wounded Oct. 10.

Cpl. Delmar A. Hintz, 22, son of Mrs. Francis Hintz, Wausau, route 2, wounded Oct. 11.
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Note from Duane Mantik:
Herbert W. Mantick
Drafted 22 Mar. 1951
Wounded 15 Jan. 1952; Northeast of Kumhwa, Korea
Company D, 3rd Combat Engineering Battalion, 24th Infantry Division
Died Apr. 2007

Vilas Ray Schmoekel
Killed 7 Jan. 1952
Pfc. Company D, 3rd Combat Engineering Battalion, 24th Infantry Division


Military Personnel from Wisconsin who Died (Including Missing and Captured Declared Dead) as a Result of the Vietnam War, 1957–1995
Source: U.S. National Archives

HDC = hostile, died while captured
HDM = hostile, died while missing
HDW= hostile, died of wounds
HK = hostile, killed
NHI = nonhostile, died of illness or injury
NDM = nonhostile, died while missing
NHO = nonhostile, died of other causes
† Body not recovered

ARMY
Richard D. Bartholomew Jr. Specialist Fourth Class Wausau HK February 12, 1969
Charles S. Beranek First Lieutenant Mosinee HK June 14, 1968
Ronald J. Hasko Private First Class Wausau HK March 27, 1968
Leroy D. Hoffman Private First Class Athens HK November 22, 1968
Terrence E. Kohlbeck Sergeant Stratford HK May 6, 1968
Marvin D. Kostroski Private First Class Schofield HK August 26, 1966
Wayne D. Krueger Private First Class Wausau HK March 26, 1968
Larry H. Oertel Specialist Fourth Class Stratford NHO December 25, 1967
Kenneth D. Roberts Staff Sergeant Wausau HK February 5, 1967
David L. Tessmer Corporal Wausau HK May 27, 1969
David J. Woznicki Specialist Fourth Class Hatley HDM December 7, 1967

MARINES
John E. Krzmarcik Private First Class Wausau HK June 7, 1969
Gary R. Miracle Lance Corporal Wausau HK February 23, 1969
Daniel J. Orlikowski Private First Class Athens HK March 7, 1967
James M. Ringle Private Wausau NHO March 31, 1967
Dale A. Schepp Lance Corporal Wausau NHI December 9, 1969
Michael J. Allard Lieutenant Schofield HK August 30, 1967
Jimmy R. Harries Fireman Spencer HK June 25, 1968
Jack H. Harris Commander Schofield NHO October 26, 1966

NAVY
none

 

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