Rosholt in Portage County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rosholt War Memorial
World War II
Luther J. Bestul
Leonard L. Dahlen
Emory J. Nelson
Nick C. Ostrowski
Joseph S. Berna
David E. Halverson
Ernest M. Kaminski
The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not graven only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other men's lives
Patriotism is not enough; I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone
Location. 44° 37.676′ N, 89° 18.202′ W. Marker is in Rosholt, Wisconsin, in Portage County. Marker is at the intersection of East Grand Avenue (State Highway 66) and Depot Street on East Grand Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at Nelson-Kaminski American Legion Post 509. Marker is at or near this postal address: 290 East Grand Avenue, Rosholt WI 54473, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rosholt (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rosholt Saw Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Iola Winter Sports Club (approx. 7.8 miles away); Jordan Dam and Power Plant A Line in Time (approx. 11 miles away); School House Ski Hill (approx. 11.7 miles away); Iola’s Firefighting Heritage (approx. 11.8 miles away); Iola Mills (approx. 11.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rosholt.
More about this marker. The quote in the memorial from historian Thucydides was by Greek statesman Pericles; sources have the word "graven" in the quote as "given."
British nurse Edith Cavell, 49, was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I.
Also see . . . Portage County in Five Wars. "A post was organized at Rosholt after World War I and named after James E. Mallum, a private, who died in service in France on Oct. 7, 1918. The post continued about two years and disbanded. After World War II, Post No. 509 was activated and named after Emory J. Nelson, seaman 1st class, killed in action off the south coast of Java on March 1, 1942 while serving on the U.S.S. Pecos, an oiler in the Asiatic Fleet which came under enemy air attack. On March 19, 1959 the name was changed to the Nelson-Kaminski Post after Ernest M. Kaminski, killed in action July 13, 1951, the first post in the county to honor a veteran of the Korean War." (Submitted on July 15, 2010.)
1. Thucydides / Pericles quote
The inscription on this memorial is correct, it is "graven", not "given". It is taken from a speech given in 431 BC by Pericles (according to Thucydides).
There are many ways to translate an ancient Greek text so you can find several variations of the words. Here's another version:
"The whole earth is the sepulchre of famous men; they are honoured not only by columns and inscriptions in their own land, but in foreign nations on memorials graven not on stone but in the hearts and minds of men."
— Submitted August 5, 2010, by Adam Brown of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Categories. • War, Korean • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.