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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

Neenah-Menasha military history 1898-1955,   pp. 368-372 PDF (1.4 MB)


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A HISTORY OF NEENAH
the signing of the Armistice on November II, 1918. It left Germany
for home on April i8, i919, after six months under fire on five fronts,
meeting and helping to vanquish 23 German Divisions.
  The World War I history of the Menasha unit, Company E, was
similar to that of Company I. Mustered into service on August 5,
1917, it served in France and in the Army of Occupation, returning
home in June of i9i9.
  As accurately as one can determine the figures, 684 Twin City men
served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps in World War J. Of this
total, twenty-four from Neenah and fifteen from Menasha were killed
in action or died in the Service.
  On October 15, 1940, the two Twin City companies of the Wiscon-
sin National Guard were again mustered into Federal Service for
training duty, which led, on December 7, 1941, to participation in
World War II. Both units were then, as now, a part of the Red Arrow,
or 32nd Infantry Division, and served as such throughout the war,
culminating in more than three years of fighting in the Pacific Theater,
from Australia to recapture of the Philippines, and occupation of
Japan after its surrender.
  It has been very difficult to get accurate figures as to the number of
Neenah-Menasha citizens who served their country in the Armed
Forces during World War II. The Neenah Honor Roll listed 1,648
names, whereas the Menasha Honor Roll listed 1,384 names, making a
total of .3,032. However, Selective Service Board 3 of Winnebago
County, which had jurisdiction over Neenah, Menasha and the
northern part of Winnebago County, has records to show that a total
of 3,837 men served in the Armed Forces in World War II, and it is
apparent that the large majority of these were residents of Neenah
and Menasha.
  Best available records also show that of this total, 41 men from
Neenah gave their lives while in the Service.
  It has been virtually impossible to get figures on Twin City par-
ticipation in the "police action" in which this country has engaged
since World War II, and particularly in the so-called Korean War.
Selective Service records do show that a total of 1,349 persons from
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