Saturday is opening day of Wisconsin’s annual gun deer season. For many families the hunt is about much more than taking a deer - it’s a time of family bonding, camaraderie and tradition. In today’s History Afield, Writer Bob Willging has the story of a famous World War II combat pilot, who made deer hunting with his family a priority while home on leave in 1943.
The state capitol will celebrate the holidays this year with help from a 40-foot balsam fir from Pelican Lake in Oneida County.
Dennis Shoeneck is owner of logging company Enterprise Forest Products. He’s donating the large tree for the statehouse rotunda, along with more than a dozen smaller trees for outside the Capitol Square and Governor’s residence.
Shoeneck describes how Madison officials came to check out the trees earlier this spring, and notified him of their selections.
This Memorial Day…we hear from veteran Glenn Johnson.
Johnson served as a paratrooper in World War II in the 101st Airborne Division. He was injured after parachuting into German territory just prior to the Normandy invasion in 1944. There he was captured and imprisoned for five months.
Johnson describes how he and two others escaped one day while on a work detail near the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia.
This weekend marks 72 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Earlier this fall we heard from Walter Wendt, 95-year-old naval veteran of Pearl Harbor.
He remembers the day of the attacks as one of confusion.
“Rumors filled –spread like wildfire. They said that there were Japanese landing at Pearl Harbor and there wasn’t any. They said they were landing at Waikiki Beach and there wasn’t any. There was a guy they put on watch – there was a guy came in, he shot em and it was one of our own men. The jitters were so high.”
Northwoods veterans are likely facing delays in their medical claims.
Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says a decision to transfer the processing of disability claims at VA facilities in other states to Wisconsin to eliminate a backlog means recent claims by Northwoods veterans will have to wait...
One group that had a close eye on the federal government shutdown was the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. The group flies northern and central Wisconsin veterans to their service memorials in Washington, D.C.
The government shutdown halted federal workers from helping at the sites. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says they were going to fly the mostly Korean War vets to the nation's capitol even if the shutdown dragged on. With the government back up and running, the flight will proceed as planned.
Campbell spoke with Ken Krall about next Monday's flight.