Manawa in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Melvin O. Handrich
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Handrich was born in Manawa, Wisconsin on January 26, 1919 and received the country's highest military award for his conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in battle.
Near midnight on August 25, 1950 the enemy attempted to infiltrate Handrich's company's perimeter. Despite heavy enemy fire, he left the safety of his position and moved forward to direct artillery fire against the enemy. At the peak of the action, he observed his company preparing to withdraw. He made his way across the fire-swept terrain to reorganize the men to continue the fight. Despite being severely wounded, Handrich refused to be evacuated and continued to direct artillery fire. His position was eventually overrun and he was mortally wounded.
Master Sergeant Melvin O. Handrich's bravery, courage and self-sacrifice reflect glory upon himself and the heroic tradition of the military service.
Erected 2003 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 485.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 27.716′ N, 88° 55.239′ W. Marker is in Manawa, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is on Depot Street (State Highway 22/110) south of South Bridge Street (County Highway B), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Triangle Park. Marker is in this post office area: Manawa WI 54949, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial ( approx. 6.7 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial ( approx. 9.6 miles away); New London Fairground ( approx. 10.2 miles away); Birthplace of the American Water Spaniel ( approx. 10.4 miles away); Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show ( approx. 10.6 miles away); Chief Waupaca ( approx. 10.7 miles away); Waupaca County War Memorial ( approx. 10.8 miles away); History of Big Falls ( approx. 11.9 miles away).
Also see . . . Melvin O. Handrich. (Submitted on August 26, 2008.)
Categories. • War, Korean •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,062 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.