Memorial honors Wis. Medal of Honor recipients

62 Wisconsin service members have received honor

Published On: Nov 17 2012 11:00:08 PM CST
KING, Wis. -

The state Department of Veterans Affairs has dedicated a monument in recognition of the 62 Wisconsin service members who have ever received a Medal of Honor.

The memorial was dedicated Friday in Waupaca County, just outside the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. It's in honor of those who received the nation's highest military honor.

A WLUK-TV report said dozens of veterans and residents turned out for the ceremony. One attendee was Gary Wetzel, a Vietnam veteran whose helicopter was shot down in 1968. Even though he was critically wounded he managed to ward off enemy fire and help save several of his crewmates.

Veterans Affairs officials said Wetzel is one of four Medal of Honor recipients still living in Wisconsin.