Near Black River Falls in Jackson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.
Erected 1957 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 66.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 20.115′ N, 90° 44.372′ W. Marker is near Black River Touch for map. Marker is 5 miles east of Black River Falls at Red Cloud Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Black River Falls WI 54615, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Andrew Blackhawk (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hatfield Canal (approx. 5.1 miles away); Hagen's A&W (approx. 5.9 miles away); Site of the First Wood-Spaulding Saw Mill (approx. 5.9 miles away); Cpl. Mitchell RedCloud Jr. (approx. 6 miles away); Field of Honor (approx. 6 miles away); Lunda Construction Co. (approx. 6 miles away); Hoffman Construction Company (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Black River Falls.
More about this marker. Located near the site of the biannual pow-wow. Ho-Chunk (or Winnebago, a branch of the Sioux), as they prefer to be called today, means “People of the Big Voice.”
Regarding Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.. “With utter fearlessness he maintained his firing position until severely wounded by enemy fire. Refusing assistance, he pulled himself to his feet and wrapped his arm around a tree, (and) continued his deadly fire until fatally wounded.”
In 1983, Red Cloud was the first Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Indian to be accepted into the American Indian Hall of Fame at Anadarko, Okla. He took his place among other famous Native Americans, Chief Joseph, Will Rogers, Pocahontas, and Jim Thorpe. Sculptor Kenneth Campbell, an art history professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, carved two busts in his honor. One of the busts is on display at the American Indian Hall of Fame. The other was displayed at ECS on a temporary basis and since has been returned to Red Cloud’s family in Black River Falls. Campbell served with Red Cloud in the Army.
At least three places are named for Red Cloud—a park in La Crosse (Wisconsin), a rifle range in Fort Benning, Ga. and an Army base near Uijongbu, Korea. In 1951, his picture was on the cover of “Life Magazine.” Esquire featured a painting called “Corporal Red Cloud’s Last Stand.”
Source: excerpts from www.medalofhonor.com/MitchellRedCloud.htm
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Also see . . .
1. Red Cloud, Part Four. “Red Cloud was hit again and called for aid. (Second Platoon medic Perry) Woodley rushed to him a second time to find him badly wounded. Woodley told Red Cloud that they had to get off the hill, or else... Red Cloud refused all further medical attention and told Woodley to get as many of the wounded off the hill as he could. The last Woodley saw of Red Cloud...” (Submitted on July 26, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
2. Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.'s Picture and Medal of Honor Citation. From the HomeOfHeroes.com web page. (Submitted on October 5, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.: Korean War Hero. History.net article on Mitchell Red Cloud and the events leading to his heroic action. (Submitted on October 5, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
1. Text on Cemetery Marker
Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.
July 2, 1925 • Nov 5, 1950
Carlson’s Raiders, U.S. Marine Corps., W.W. II
U.S. Army, Korea.
A son of a Winnebago Chief & warriors who believe that when a man goes into battle he expects to kill or be killed & if he dies he will live forever.
With Co. E., 19th. Inf. Reg. of the U.S. Army guarding Hill 123 near Chonghyon
For his action Above & Beyond The Call of Duty his mother Mrs. Nellie Red Cloud accepted the Congressional Medal of Honor from Gen. Omar Bradley in Washington D.C.
Erected in 1967, The Gift Of A Grateful Nation.
— Submitted October 3, 2007.
Categories. • Heroes • Native Americans • Notable Persons • War, Korean •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 4,023 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 11, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 3, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.