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Wisconsin Veterans Museum Shows Medals Of Honor, Recipients' Histories
By Breann Schossow
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:08am
A new exhibit opening this week at the state's Veterans Museum in Madison showcases four Medals of Honor awarded to Wisconsin veterans.
The exhibit doesn't just feature the medals: it also highlights the stories of the men who received them. Kristine Zickuhr is the assistant director at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. She says the exhibit is significant because it's important to remember the sacrifices people made, not only on Veteran's Day, but year-round. “These were people who had families, they had personalities, a sense of humor, compassion," Zickuhr said. "These were men. These were somebody's sons, somebody's husband in some cases, and so it's important for us to present that to the people of the state so they can remember.”
Zickuhr said the veterans' families donated the medals. “These are the only medals in our collection, and we're very fortunate to have them.”
Two were awarded to World War II veterans: Technical Sergeant Beauford T. Anderson of Eagle, and later of Soldiers Grove; and Staff Sergeant Gerald Endl of Fort Atkinson, and later of Janesville. The other two medals were awarded to veterans of the Korean War: Second Lieutenant Jerome Sudut of Wausau; and Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. of Hatfield.
Zickuhr says fewer than 3,500 people nationwide have received the medal. Of that, 62 have been awarded to Wisconsin veterans. The exhibit opens Wednesday.