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

In memory of 1st Lt. Jerome A. Volk

 
 
1st Lt. Jerome A. Volk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
1. 1st Lt. Jerome A. Volk Marker
Inscription. Lt. Volk was the first Wisconsin Air National Guard pilot killed in the Korean Conflict. Jerome Volk was born March 17, 1925, and attended Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. Volk enlisted, went to pilot training, and was commissioned during WWII. Later he joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard in 1949. In 1951 he was called to active duty with the 126th Fighter Squadron at Milwaukee. Volk was killed in action over Korea in an F-80 "Shooting Star" Jet Fighter, November 7, 1951. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. In 1957 the State Legislature decreed that this training site be known as Volk Field in his honor.
 
Location. 43° 55.605′ N, 90° 15.776′ W. Marker is near Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, in Juneau County. Marker can be reached from County Highway C north of Interstate 90/94, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Wisconsin National Guard Museum inside Volk Field / Camp Williams military base; beyond the security checkpoint, on Independence Drive, west 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. Wisconsin Winnebago Veterans Monument (within shouting
1st Lt. Jerome A. Volk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. 1st Lt. Jerome A. Volk Marker
distance of this marker); Wisconsin Military Reservation (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Castle Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mesas and Buttes (approx. 2.8 miles away); Ice Age National Scientific Reserve (approx. 2.9 miles away); New Lisbon Civil War Memorial (approx. 6 miles away); Mrs Salter Killed Here (approx. 8.7 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 . . .
1. Volk Field. History. (Submitted on December 20, 2010.) 

2. Volk Field Air National Guard Base. Wikipedia entry. "Bear Incident. During the Cuban missile crisis a majority of B-47 bombers with capability to drop nuclear payloads were "dispersed" to Volk to make it harder for the Soviets to threaten USAF assets... the Klaxon sounded which ordered nuclear armed F-106A interceptors to take off... they believed World War III had started." (Submitted on December 20, 2010.) 
 
Categories. War, Korean
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 631 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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