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Portage County & the Polish Army

 
 
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Inscription.  When World War I started in 1914, Poland was divided between the empires of Prussia, Austria, and Russia. In 1917, a Polish National Committee organized regiments of Polish-American men to fight under a Polish flag in Europe. Forty-eight recruiting centers were established in the U.S., including one in Portage County. Through efforts of Polish patriots, an "independent Polish state" was included in President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points speech to end the war in 1918.

Answering the Call
Nearly 300 men from Portage County, northern Wisconsin, and Michigan were recruited. The local effort was led by S.H. Worzalla, Joseph Worzalla, J.W. Przewlocki, and Jacob Woyak. The community embraced the cause of Polish nationalism with speeches, send-off dinners, and benefit dances.

Poland Reborn
After Armistice on November 11, 1918, the Polish Army men stayed on to establish borders for the newly reborn country of Poland. They fought in territorial wars against the bordering countries of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Silesia, and Galicia. When the army was demobilized in March 1920, troops either stayed
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By Keith L, August 24, 2019
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in Poland or returned to America.
 
Location. 44° 31.399′ N, 89° 33.4′ W. Marker is in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in Portage County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 66) and Soo Marie Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stevens Point WI 54481, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Casimir Pulaski (a few steps from this marker); St. Stanislaus Church World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Boy with the Leaking Boot (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point (approx. one mile away); Veterans World War I Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Portage County Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Public Building (approx. 1.3 miles away); Public Square (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stevens Point.
 
More about this marker. Captions:
Jacob Mizera (left), uncle, and Stanislaw Mizera (right), father, of Gena (Mizera) Numsen of Stevens Point. Different units of the Polish Army had different uniforms depending on which front they were fighting on.
Recruitment poster for the Polish Army in France, 1917.
Michal Gasiorowski, Stevens Point; Wincenty Gasiorowski, Stevens Point; John Raflik, Stevens Point. John enlisted but died in an accident prior to departing for France.
This sign donated by Rita Kurzinski, Marge Kelly, Paul & Sue Koehl, Gena (Mizera) Numsen, and Ray Raflik.
Stevens Point Parks, Recreation, Forestry.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
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By Keith L, August 24, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2019, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2019, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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