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Near Camp Douglas in Juneau County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin Military Reservation

 
 
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By Keith L, June 6, 2010
1. Wisconsin Military Reservation Marker
Inscription. Following the Civil War, state officials reorganized the Wisconsin Militia and in 1879 renamed it the Wisconsin National Guard. Adjutant General Chandler P. Chapman of Madison, a veteran of the famed Iron Brigade, purchased 440 acres near the Village of Camp Douglas, which was used for rifle practice beginning in 1888. Chapman transferred the land to the State shortly thereafter. The original tract was enlarged and became known as the Wisconsin Military Reservation. National Guard training camps were conducted at the Military Reservation, and within a few years Wisconsin troops had earned a national reputation for marksmanship and other soldiering skills. Four regiments of the Guard were rapidly mobilized for duty at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War (1898), demonstrating the efficiency of the state's training program. Guard units mobilized on the grounds during both World Wars.

In 1927 the Wisconsin Military Reservation was renamed Camp Williams in honor of Lt. Col. Charles R. Williams, the training camp's Quartermaster who is buried on the site. Hundreds of thousands of Guard members have been trained on the installation since 1900. In 1957 the state legislature ordered the portion of the Reservation used by the Air National Guard to be named Volk Field in honor of Lt. Jerome A. Volk, the first Wisconsin fighter
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By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. Wisconsin Military Reservation Marker
pilot killed in action during the Korean Conflict.
 
Erected 1991 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 299.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 55.511′ N, 90° 15.662′ W. Marker is near Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, in Juneau County. Marker can be reached from County Highway C north of Interstate 90/94. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Volk Field / Camp Williams military base, beyond the security checkpoint, on Williams Street east of Wisconsin Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Independence Drive, Camp Douglas WI 54618, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In memory of 1st Lt. Jerome A. Volk (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wisconsin Winnebago Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Castle Rock (approx. mile away); Mesas and Buttes (approx. 3 miles away); Ice Age National Scientific Reserve (approx. 3.1 miles away); New Lisbon Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mrs Salter Killed Here (approx. 8.6 miles away); Elroy – Sparta State Trail (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camp Douglas.
 
Also see . . .
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3. Wisconsin Military Reservation Marker

1. Volk Field - History. (Submitted on June 10, 2010.)
2. Volk Field Air National Guard Base. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 10, 2010.) 

3. Volk Field / Camp Williams Memorial Cemetery. "Originally set aside as the burial site for Private Robert W. Williams, it was for years the resting place of only Private Williams and his father, Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Williams. It has since acquired two other markers. The first is a memorial marker for Colonel Jack C. King and the second is the burial site of Brigadier General Hugh M. Simonson."
"[Private Williams] remains were among the first to be returned to the United States and were buried on the military reservation where he was born." (Submitted on June 10, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
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4. Static Display
F-86H "Sabre"
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5. Static Display
P-51D "Mustang"
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6. Korean War Memorial
P-51 Plaque image. Click for full size.
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7. P-51 Plaque
Volk Field / Camp Williams Memorial Cemetery image. Click for full size.
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8. Volk Field / Camp Williams Memorial Cemetery
Charles Robert Williams (1870-1926) is buried at the left edge of the cemetery. His son, Robert Wells Williams (1900-1918), is buried in the center of the cemetery.
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By Keith L, June 6, 2010
9. Main Gate
Wisconsin National Guard
Volk Field
Camp Williams
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 10, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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