Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin's Role During World War II

A Guide to the Good War

Wisconsin Stories

Wisconsin County Casualties World War II


Read More About It

"The Hero Next Door: Stories From Wisconsin's World War II Veterans" by Kristin Gilpatrick

"The Hero Next Returns" by Kristin Gilpatrick

"Heroes of the Army; the Medal of Honor and Its Winners" by Bruce Jacobs

"World War II: The Names, the Deeds"

"Heroes of World War II" by Edward Murphy

Wisconsin in World War II: A Bibliography


Vocabulary:

enrolled
casualties
Medal of Honor


Interesting Fact:

The U.S. Army's 32nd Division, composed mostly of National Guardsmen from Wisconsin and Michigan, fought in more days of combat (654) than any other U.S. Army division in the war.


Study Questions:

  • What were the roles played by Leahy, Mitscher, Winning, Vandenberg and Castle?
  • In what battles and campaigns was the 32nd Division involved?
  • Were any members of your family in the military during World War II? What did they do during the war?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about World War II:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on December 20:

    1803: The United States takes ownership of the Louisiana Purchase as the treaty is officially transferred from France.
    1968: Author John Steinbeck dies.
    1989: United States military forces begin a campaign to topple Panama's Manual Noriega.



  • December 20

    Historical Highlight:

    1941-1945: Wisconsin enrolled 375,000 people for World War II. There were 7,980 casualties. People with Wisconsin connections playing key roles in the war included Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Fleet Admiral William Leahy, Vice-Admiral Marc Mitscher, Gen. Nathan Winning, Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg, Brig. Gen. Frederick Walter Castle and Major Richard Bong. Fifteen Wisconsin men won the
    Medal of Honor during World War II.


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