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Near Menomonie in Dunn County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

World War I

 
 
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By Donna Johnson, June 30, 2007
1. World War I Marker
Inscription. The outbreak of war in Europe in August 1914 did not involve the United States directly. Americans expected to remain neutral in the struggle between Great Britain, France, Russia and Italy against Germany and its allies. The desire for neu­trality was particularly strong in Wisconsin, with 25% of the population of Germanic extraction. But by 1917, a majority of Americans favored the cause of Great Britain and France, and President Woodrow Wilson accepted the need to defeat Germany.

The wartime period was stressful for Wisconsin. Some Americans vilified Wisconsinites as being pro-German. Superpatriots committed outrages against those suspected of “disloyalty.” German culture was denigrated.

Despite such tensions, Wisconsin citizens oversubscribed to their Liberty Loan quotas and responded enthusiastically to the call to arms. Over 122,000 entered military serv­ice, of whom 15,266 served in the Wisconsin National Guard, which became the Thirty-Second Division. By war’s end on November 11, 1918, almost all of the 1,800 Wisconsinites killed in action and fully one-third of the 6,300 wounded were members of the Thirty-Second or “Red Arrow” Division, whose veterans earned over 800 medals for valor.
 
Erected 1991 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker
World War I Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 27, 2011
2. World War I Marker
Number 306.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 54.523′ N, 91° 54.489′ W. Marker is near Menomonie, Wisconsin, in Dunn County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 94 at milepost 43, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at Rest Area 62. Marker is in this post office area: Menomonie WI 54751, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fine Meadows (within shouting distance of this marker); Wisconsin's Oak Savanna (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fine Meadows (about 700 feet away); Dunn County Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); Chippewa Valley White Pine (about 800 feet away); Dr. Stephen Tainter (approx. 1.4 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery / Earliest Evergreen Burials (approx. 1.4 miles away); Stori House (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menomonie.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
World War I Marker image. Click for full size.
By Donna Johnson, June 30, 2007
3. World War I Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,233 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 25, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on June 4, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on August 25, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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