Near Neillsville in Clark County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial
We left pieces of ourselves in Vietnam. We brought parts of Vietnam home.
Each fragmented figure supports the others. A close inspection of the figure with the helmet reveals the long hair of a woman – the first depicted on a U.S. veterans memorial. Her poncho supports 1244 rods engraved with the names of those who didn't return. Their chimes hang among the rod clusters allowing them to speak to us.
The rifle is broken, showing the war is over. It is held in a position which would signal a medevac to land, indicating help is still needed. The rifle stands on a replica of a Native American burial mound and includes a flash of orange glass reminding us of the effects of agent orange and war on ourselves, our children and grandchildren.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, Vietnam. A significant historical year for this entry is 1244.
Location. 44° 33.881′ N, 90° 40.018′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville WI 54456, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Women Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Women Airforce Service Pilots Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Kilroy Was Here (within shouting distance of this marker); The Korean War Tribute (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Clark County Moraines (approx. 0.3 miles away); The White Pine in Neillsville History (approx. 3.1 miles away); Neillsville Post Office (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Neillsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,039 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on November 7, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 5, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 7, 8. submitted on April 10, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.