Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
D. A. R.
In recognition of the Loyalty & Patriotism
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Corporal Foster DeCorah
Robert DeCorah · Jesse Thompson
Mike Standing Water · Dewey Mike
Nelson R. DeLaRonde · James Greengrass
Erected 1919 by Ah-Dah-Wa-Gam Chapter, D. A. R.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
Location. 44° 23.495′ N, 89° 49.484′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker can be reached from 1st Street near Oak Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is near the east riverbank of the Wisconsin River in Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Grand Rapids of the Wisconsin River (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wood County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); “The Iron Horse in Grand Rapids” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corenso North America (approx. 0.2 miles away); Myron "Grim" Natwick (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elizabeth Daly House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dr. Byron Robinson (approx. one mile away); V. F. W. Post 2534 Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Rapids.
More about this marker. "The monument, provided by the Ahdawagam Chapter of the D. A. R., has been in readiness for some time, awaiting the completion of the improvements now under way on the west bank of the river, just south of the [Grand Avenue] bridge, where it is to be placed [for the July Fourth, 1923 dedication]. It is a large granite boulder inscribed with... seven members of the Winnebago tribe who died in the service of the United States during the war."
Corporal Foster DeCorah and Private Robert DeCorah were Killed in Action on August 1, 1918. (Corporal Foster DeCorah, who was killed in the Argonne while at the head of an advancing party of American soldiers, was far beyond military age, but was allowed to join the army. Three of his sons served in the same command, one being killed at the same time as his father.) Private Jesse Thompson was Killed in Action on October 10, 1918. Mike Standing Water died on the transport ship Leviathan enroute to France (April, 1918). Private Dewey Mike died from wounds on August 30, 1918. Private Nelson DeLaRonde was Missing in Action (September, 1918). James Greengrass was gassed on a battlefield, came home, and later died.
—excerpts from Grand Rapids Tribune; June 12, 1919 & Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune; June 5, 1923 and other sources.
"Twenty-five Wisconsin Winnebago men volunteered for the First World War, serving in the 128th Infantry, Company D, 32nd Red Arrow Division; Mauston, Wisconsin.
The fine example set by these men is worthy of exceptional praise because they were not even considered full fledged citizens of the United States at the time of their service."
—excerpt from monument located at the Volk Field Headquarters; Camp Douglas, Wisconsin.
Foster DeCorah is buried at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Picardie, France; Plot B, Row 4, Grave 33.
Jesse Thompson is buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France; Plot B, Row 15, Grave 8.
Mike Standing Water is buried at Mather, Wisconsin.
Dewey Mike is buried at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Picardie, France; the remains may be transferred to Wisconsin.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another marker about Winnebago Indians.
Also see . . .
1. Native Americans and the U.S. Military. "American Indians have participated with distinction in United States military actions for more than 200 years. Their courage, determination, and fighting spirit were recognized by American military leaders as early as the 18th century." (Submitted on April 7, 2009.)
2. World War II Stories - In Their Own Words: Donald C Boyd. My Father served with the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, 128th Infantry Regiment, Cannon Company. He fought in the Pacific Theater Leyte, Luzon, and most notably, The Villa Verde Trail where he received the Bronze Star. He is now 82 years (Submitted on April 13, 2009, by Matthew Boyd of Swanton, Ohio.)
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