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Goc, Michael J. / From past to present : the history of Adams County
(1999)

The military,   pp. 78-81 PDF (3.0 MB)


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The "Roll of Honor" of county people who served in World War II
stood on the court house lawn during the war. 
Benjamin Erickson: World War I, West Arkdale Cemetery, 
died on March 2, 1919. 
Frank Ferris: Civil War, White Creek Cemetery, killed at 
Port Hudson, Louisiana on June 14, 1863. 
Henry Jacobus: Civil War, White Creek Cemetery, killed 
at the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 27, 1863. 
Wesley Maxcey: World War I, White Creek Cemetery, died 
of disease on October 12, 1918. 
Ennis Reed: Civil War, White Creek Cemetery, died on 
April 22, 1862. 
Devillo Van Wie: Civil War, White Creek Cemetery, died 
from wounds on April 4, 1865. 
James Van Wie: Civil War, White Creek Cemetery, 
wounded near Richmond, Virginia and died at Fair Oaks, 
Virginia on October 27, 1864. 
James Woolsey, Jr.: Civil War, Woolsey Cemetery, died 
from disease on November 13, 1865. 
Samuel Woolsey: Civil War, Woolsey Cemetery, died from 
disease on February 28, 1863. 
Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud 
Mitchell Red Cloud was born and raised near Black River 
Falls. He is linked to Adams County through relatives in the 
Winnieshiek family, whom he visited while a boy in the 1930s. 
He enlisted in the United States Marines at age sixteen in 1940. 
As a combat Marine during World War II, he earned two Purple 
Hearts for wounds suffered in action. In Korea he earned 
another Purple Heart and then became one of eight Americans 
awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in that conflict. 
The citation read: "From his position on the point of a ridge 
immediately in front of the company command post, he was first 
to detect the approach of Chinese Communist forces...Springing 
up, he delivered devastating point-blank automatic rifle into the 
advancing enemy...With utter fearlessness he maintained his 
firing position until severely wounded by enemy fire. Refusing 
assistance, he pulled himself to his feet and wrapped his arm 
around a tree, continuing his deadly fire until again, and fatally 
wounded." 
Red Cloud's mother Nellie, received the Medal of Honor 
from General of the Army Omar Bradley in 1951. The 
American Legion-VFW Post in Adams was named in his honor 
shortly after. 
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