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Library display features photos of those from Wisconsin who died in Vietnam War
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Almost half-a-century after they served, Vietnam war casualties are receiving honors long-denied.

A new exhibit, Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name honoring the 1,161 Wisconsinites officially listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on display at the Antigo Public Library this week.

The display features photos that were collected by volunteers from throughout Wisconsin over the past eight years, listed by residence in each of the state’s 72 counties.

It’s been just overwhelming, Sue Bessert of the General Federation of Women’s Club’s-Rhinelander Woman’s Club, the sponsor of the regional exhibit, said. One gentleman came in with a whole list of names he wanted to look up. The fiancé of another soldier stopped by and cried. The photos make all the difference. They aren’t just a name on a wall.

The exhibit—created by Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum—opened its northwoods tour in Rhinelander and moved to Wabeno and now Antigo, where it will remain through Saturday.

We’re very please to be able to bring the exhibit to our patrons, interim library director Maria Pregler said. It is a very powerful look at those who paid the ultimate price in a war many people don’t remember.

Names and photos listed under the Langlade County entry include Frederick Benishek, who died in 1969; William Cunningham, 1968; Thomas Dobrinska, 1968; Larry Leindecker, 1968; Michael Malueg, 1969; Joseph Peterlich, 1968; David Schuh, 1968; and William Theisen, 1969.

The exhibit also includes additional photos for names that are listed on The Highground Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Neillsville. That panel includes Langlade County’s Ben Greene, who died in 1968.

From Antigo, the exhibit will moved on to the American Legion lounge in Tomahawk for a single day on July 22 and Crandon American Legion Post on July 29.

The photos were collected by volunteers from throughout Wisconsin over the past eight years. Friends and family of those who were killed in Vietnam submitted photos, but so did students, teachers and others who simply wanted to put a face to the names listed on the Wall in Washington, D.C.

The images they found help tell the story of the men and women who are listed on the Wall as part of a new Education Center the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is building on the National Mall.

Wisconsin was just the fifth state in the nation to find a photo for every resident listed on the Wall.
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Sue Bessert, left, of the Rhinelander Woman’s Club, and Maria Pregler, interim director for the Antigo Public Library, with the Langlade County portion of Wisconsin Remembers, now on display.

Library display features photos of those from Wisconsin who died in Vietnam War
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Almost half-a-century after they served, Vietnam war casualties are receiving honors long-denied.

A new exhibit, Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name honoring the 1,161 Wisconsinites officially listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on display at the Antigo Public Library this week.

The display features photos that were collected by volunteers from throughout Wisconsin over the past eight years, listed by residence in each of the state’s 72 counties.

It’s been just overwhelming, Sue Bessert of the General Federation of Women’s Club’s-Rhinelander Woman’s Club, the sponsor of the regional exhibit, said. One gentleman came in with a whole list of names he wanted to look up. The fiancé of another soldier stopped by and cried. The photos make all the difference. They aren’t just a name on a wall.

The exhibit—created by Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum—opened its northwoods tour in Rhinelander and moved to Wabeno and now Antigo, where it will remain through Saturday.

We’re very please to be able to bring the exhibit to our patrons, interim library director Maria Pregler said. It is a very powerful look at those who paid the ultimate price in a war many people don’t remember.

Names and photos listed under the Langlade County entry include Frederick Benishek, who died in 1969; William Cunningham, 1968; Thomas Dobrinska, 1968; Larry Leindecker, 1968; Michael Malueg, 1969; Joseph Peterlich, 1968; David Schuh, 1968; and William Theisen, 1969.

The exhibit also includes additional photos for names that are listed on The Highground Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Neillsville. That panel includes Langlade County’s Ben Greene, who died in 1968.

From Antigo, the exhibit will moved on to the American Legion lounge in Tomahawk for a single day on July 22 and Crandon American Legion Post on July 29.

The photos were collected by volunteers from throughout Wisconsin over the past eight years. Friends and family of those who were killed in Vietnam submitted photos, but so did students, teachers and others who simply wanted to put a face to the names listed on the Wall in Washington, D.C.

The images they found help tell the story of the men and women who are listed on the Wall as part of a new Education Center the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is building on the National Mall.

Wisconsin was just the fifth state in the nation to find a photo for every resident listed on the Wall.
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Sue Bessert, left, of the Rhinelander Woman’s Club, and Maria Pregler, interim director for the Antigo Public Library, with the Langlade County portion of Wisconsin Remembers, now on display.
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