Throughout the institution's history, many Stout students and staff have died in military service to the United States. This site provides a list of those known people, along with brief biographies. Included are people who died as a result of combat, disease or accident while serving in the military during times of war or crisis.
It is hoped that the list is complete. If anyone knows of other such heroes, or if you can provide added details to any of these biographies (such as service branch, rank, circumstances of the death, and awards/decorations received) please contact the University Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete and submit our information form.
The Hall of Heroes Project Committee has developed an installation at the Memorial Student Center, which is named for these fallen heroes. Learn more.
Scholarships have been established to honor two men in the Hall of Heroes — John Leon Abrams and Paul Derby — who lost their lives serving in the Vietnam conflict. Learn more.
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First Sergeant Palmer Ludvig Husby was born on July 29, 1895 in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He attended the Manual Training program at The Stout Institute from 1915 to 1916 and engaged in coursework including drawing, forging, bricklaying and printing. He enlisted in the Army on July 15, 1918 and was named First Sergeant with the Army’s 14th Ammunition Train, Company B. He died of pneumonia at Camp Custer in Battle Creek, Michigan on November 3, 1918. He was buried with a full military funeral at Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie, Wisconsin on November 8, 1918.
First Lieutenant Robert E. Kendall was born on May 21, 1892 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He graduated from high school in Menomonie, Wisconsin in 1909. He studied Manual Training at The Stout Institute and graduated in 1912. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the 312th Infantry at Camp Dix, New Jersey. He served in France beginning in June 1918, and received significant injuries from gas in a battle near Argonne. He returned to New York and contracted pneumonia while visiting his wife and young child. He died of complications from pneumonia and gas poisoning at General Hospital Number 46 in Staten Island, New York on August 16, 1919. He is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.
Sergeant Emil Carl Kroening was born in Texas, Wisconsin on August 19, 1895. Before he enrolled at The Stout Institute, he graduated from Wausau High School and Wausau County Agricultural School. He attended Stout’s Manual Training program and was active in the Gaveleers Literary Society. He also lettered in both football and track. Following his 1917 graduation from Stout, he taught Industrial Arts at Checotah High School in Oklahoma. He enlisted in the Army on June 28, 1918 and entered Camp Taylor in Kentucky. During his training, he contracted influenza. He died on February 4, 1919 of influenza-related pneumonia. He is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.
Private Theodore “Ted” Thompson was born on April 5, 1892 in Hayward, Wisconsin. He graduated from Superior High School in 1915 and The Stout Institute in 1917. While at Stout, he was active in the Boy Hikers Club and the Y.M.C.A. He was also a member of the school’s track team for two years. Following his graduation from Stout, he became a Manual Training instructor at Grangeville High School in Grangeville, Idaho. He enlisted in the Army’s Mechanical Training Corps at the University of Wisconsin on August 15, 1918. He died of complications of influenza on October 9, 1918.
First Lieutenant Marvin Thomas Thompson was born on May 31, 1896 in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He graduated from high school in 1915 and received his degree in Industrial Arts from The Stout Institute in August 1917. He enlisted in Company H of the Wisconsin National Guard in January 1914 and served on the Mexican border. In 1917, he transferred to the Army Reserves. He served as a gas officer in the 30th Infantry in France. He died in battle on July 15, 1918 in Montigny, France, and he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for valor in action. He is buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in the Departement de l’Aisne, Picardie, France. A marker bearing his name is placed at his family’s plot in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Captain Melvin Anderson was a native of Union Grove, Wisconsin and graduated from Union Grove High School in 1938. He enrolled in the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute in September 1939 and completed coursework in mechanical drawing, auto mechanics and student teaching. He was also a member of the Stout Band. He enlisted in the Marines in May 1942 and trained as a dive bombing pilot at the Minnesota Reserve Airbase. He served fourteen months with the 4th Marine Air Wing in the Marshall Islands and participated in at least seventeen air raids. He died from injuries sustained in a plane crash in Texas on July 8, 1945.
Landsman Musician Ole John Anshus was born on January 10, 1895 in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He played cornet with the Stout Institute band at athletic events, and he was also a member of the Ludington Guard band. At the time of his enlistment, he was engaged to Stout Institute sophomore Mary Sehring. Anshus entered the Navy and performed in the 300-member “Jackie Band,” directed by internationally renowned composer John Philip Sousa. While on a multi-state Liberty Loan campaign, Anshus contracted influenza and died of complications at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. He is buried in Halverson Cemetery in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Private Robert Bruce Antrim was born November 8, 1900 in Polo, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1926. He moved to Menomonie, Wisconsin when he joined the staff of the Stout Institute in 1928. He worked as an assistant librarian on campus until he enlisted in the Army on August 11, 1942. Private Antrim trained first at Camp Rock, Arkansas then Seattle, Washington. He was transferred to Alaska with the 66th Training Battalion in connection with the Army Chaplain Corps. He became ill and was admitted to Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, where he died on April 5, 1943. He is buried in the Fairmont Cemetery in Polo, Illinois.
Staff Sergeant John Richard Aumeller was born May 20, 1917 in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He attended The Stout Institute from Fall 1936 to Spring 1938 and completed courses in auto mechanics, cabinet making and machine shop. He was also employed as a bartender in Menomonie. On March 10, 1941, Aumeller enlisted as a Staff Sergeant in the Headquarters Battery 459th Coast Artillery Battalion. He died of heat exhaustion during training on May 21, 1943 in the Station Hospital at Camp Hulen, Texas. He is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Technical Sergeant Gerald B. Carswell was born in 1920. He studied Industrial Education at The Stout Institute from 1938 to 1939, and worked as a service station attendant in Eau Claire. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 21, 1941, and was stationed in Italy. He served as a gunner with a bombing squadron and died on May 6, 1944 in an air battle over Germany. He was posthumously awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and his father accepted the award on his behalf at the Stout Auditorium in March 1945. He was buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri on April 22, 1949.
Private James Homer Day was born in Minnesota in 1922. He enrolled in The Stout Institute’s Industrial Education program in 1941 and completed coursework in hand woodworking, machine shop and machine woodworking. He served in France as a Private with the Army’s 507th Military Police Battalion. He died on June 6, 1944 during the D-Day invasion near Normandy, France. He is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
Private First Class Gerald Lowler Govin was born on May 9, 1923. He graduated from high school in Menomonie, Wisconsin and enrolled in The Stout Institute from 1941 to 1943. While at Stout, he was a member of the Stout Symphonic Singers. On August 20, 1942, he enlisted in Company E of the 381st Infantry, 96th Division. After his training at Camp Hood in Texas, he was stationed with a unit of the Army Specialized Training Program at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Beginning in July 1944 he served in the Pacific theater. He was involved in conflict in Leyte in the Philippine Islands and later served on the Japanese front. He was killed in action in Okinawa, Japan on April 26, 1945. He is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Menomonie.
Aviation Radioman Robert Casper Godfrey Hassemer was born on May 12, 1920. In 1938, he enrolled in the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute and completed coursework including mechanical drawing, machine woodwork and printing. He was also a member of the football team. He enlisted in the Navy in November 1942 and served as the radioman on a torpedo plane operating from an aircraft carrier in the Pacific theater. He died in action on January 15, 1945 over Lingayen Bay in the Philippines. He was buried on October 30, 1948 in St. Henry’s Cemetery in Eau Galle, Wisconsin.
Private First Class James T. Illingsworth was born on September 8, 1921. He graduated from Washington Park High School in Racine, Wisconsin and attended the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute from 1940 to 1943. While at Stout, he was active in student organizations. He served as vice president of the Manual Arts Players and president of the Kappa Phi Sigma fraternity. He was also a member of the Stout Symphonic Singers. He enlisted in the Army on September 14, 1942, and married Stout student Leola Reynolds on June 27, 1944. He was stationed in Germany and served as a scout in advance of the Battle of the Bulge. He died in action in Eschweiler, Germany on November 24, 1944. He is buried in the Herni-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Kenneth Raymond Johnson was born in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1920. He attended the Winona State Teachers College for two years before he transferred to the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute in 1940. While at Stout, he lived in Lynwood Hall and completed coursework including machine shop, printing, freehand drawing and welding. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served in the Pacific theatre. Following the end of the war, Johnson was killed while on duty on January 7, 1946. He is memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Philippine Islands.
Second Lieutenant Robert Harvey Keith was born in 1920 in Columbus, Wisconsin. He studied Industrial Education at The Stout Institute from 1937 to 1940. While at Stout, he was a member of the football and swimming teams. He also participated in student activities including the Stout Band, the Stout Orchestra, Men’s Glee Club, Symphonic Choir, Manual Arts Players and Kappa Phi Sigma fraternity. On September, 10, 1940, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Camp McCoy in Sparta. He was training for a tour of duty in the Philippine Islands when he died in a plane crash on September 19, 1941. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie on September 24, 1941.
Second Lieutenant Hjalmer Molner was born on September 19, 1921 and grew up in Menomonie, Wisconsin. From 1939 to 1940, he studied Industrial Education at The Stout Institute. While at Stout, he was a member of the all-school champion intramural basketball team. On September 3, 1940, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Germany. He died during his 17th mission with the 452nd Bombardment Group (H). On April 7, 1945, his B-17 was hit by enemy fire and crashed over Steinhuder Lake near Shwarmstedt, Germany. He is buried in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Staff Sergeant Richard Notebaart was born on May 11, 1920, and attended The Stout Institute’s Industrial Education program from 1939 to 1941. While at Stout he played football, and was active in the Stout Typographical Society and Phi Omega Beta. He was also a member of The Tower yearbook staff. Notebaart served with the 444th Bombardment Squadron of the Army Air Force. While he was stationed in Africa and Sardinia, he routinely wrote letters about his service to The Stoutonia student newspaper. He offered many accounts of his war experiences to the students at Stout and reported that he had participated in more than 100 bombing raids. He served with occupying Allied forces in postwar Germany, and on August 31, 1945, he died in a plane crash. He is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
First Class Teacher Specialist Evert Ostrum was born on June 20, 1914 in Clear Lake, Wisconsin. He enrolled in the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute in 1933. During his time as a Stout student, Ostrum participated in student groups including Kappa Phi Sigma, Epsilon Pi Tau and Alpha Psi Omega. He acted in a variety of theater productions and served as president of the Manual Arts Players. Following his graduation, he served as the Manual Training and Art instructor at the high school in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Navy as a civilian instructor at the Air Technical Training Center in Norman, Oklahoma. He died of pneumonia at the United States Naval Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma on August 5, 1943. He is buried in Holy Rosary Cemetery in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.
Private First Class Charles R. Pleier was born in 1922 and grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin. He attended The Stout Institute from 1941 to 1943. While at Stout, he lived in Lynwood Hall and was a member of Phi Omega Beta fraternity and the football team. He joined the Army Specialized Training Program in 1944 and trained at the University of Illinois and Camp Carson, Colorado. He was stationed in Belgium, where he died in an accident on October 19, 1944. He is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.
Lieutenant Edward Sheldon Rock was born September 21, 1924. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1942. He attended the Stout Institute from September 1942 to February 1943. While at Stout he took courses toward a degree in Industrial Education, played in the band and orchestra and lived in Lynwood Hall. In April 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and completed more than 25 flight missions. On January 21, 1945 he died when his plane crashed in the Po Valley of Italy. He was awarded the Purple Heart and an Air Medal for his service. He is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Lieutenant Robert Louis Roland was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin in 1917. He enrolled at The Stout Institute in 1936 and graduated in 1940 with a degree in Industrial Education. While at Stout, he was a member of the football team and the Kappa Phi Sigma fraternity. He married his Stout classmate, Cecilia Domke, in 1943 and completed his Army Air Forces training later that year. He was stationed in the European theater and completed more than 25 operations as a bombardier flying out of England. He was killed in action on March 25, 1944 over France. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart. He is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
Private First Class George “Nick” Shultis was a native of Reedsburg, Wisconsin where he graduated from high school. He attended The Stout Institute from 1941 to 1943. During his Stout career, Shultis played football and was a member of the Phi Omega Beta fraternity. He enlisted as a Private First Class in the Army 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, and served as a radio operator. He participated in the D-Day invasion and accompanied his unit into Germany. He died in action in Belgium on January 29, 1945. He is buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery in Luxembourg.
Private First Class Lyle John Schultz was born July 29, 1921. He grew up in Stanton, Wisconsin and enrolled in The Stout Institute in 1939. He completed classes in mechanical drawing, machine shop, auto mechanics and wood working. He was a Stout student until he enlisted in the Army on July 15, 1942. He began his overseas duty in the European theater on August 15, 1944. While serving as a reconnaissance trooper in a company of cavalry soldiers in Germany, he was wounded on December 23, 1944 and died the following day. He is buried in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Staff Sergeant First Class Valgene Elmer Schultz was born on June 11, 1924 in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He attended The Stout Institute in the fall of 1942 and studied Industrial Education. While at Stout, he was active in both band and choir, and he completed coursework including freehand drawing and machine shop. He withdrew from Stout to join the Army Air Corps in December 1942. Beginning in August 1944, he was stationed as a radio operator and gunner with the 461st Bombardment Group (H) in the 765th Bombardment Squadron. He was killed in action over Italy on November 15, 1944. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
Technician Third Class Edward Francis Stanfel was born on September 12, 1918 in Calumet, Michigan. He enrolled in The Stout Institute in 1938 and was a member of the “S” Club and the football team. He enlisted in the Army on August 28, 1941 and joined the 607th Ordnance Automotive Maintenance Battalion in the Middle East. While he was in service, he periodically submitted letters to The Stoutonia student newspaper. His letters described his living conditions and events he witnessed on duty, and he expressed reactions to pieces of news he heard about campus. He died of blood poisoning on November 17, 1943. He is buried in the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia.
Second Lieutenant William Strese was born in 1917. He grew up in Durand, Wisconsin and attended Eau Claire Teachers College before he enrolled at The Stout Institute in 1936. While at Stout, Strese completed coursework in the Industrial Education program including machine shop, cabinetry and decorative painting. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Camp McCoy in Sparta, Wisconsin on November 26, 1940 and trained at Kelly Field in Texas. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the 91st Bombardment Squadron, 27th Bombardment Group in the Philippine Islands. He was captured as a prisoner of war by the Japanese military and died on a transport ship en route to Japan. A monument bearing his name stands at Fort William McKinley in Manila, Philippine Islands.
Private First Class Earl Morris Thompson was born on October 28, 1922 in Colfax, Wisconsin. He enrolled in The Stout Institute’s Industrial Education program in 1940 and completed coursework including machine shop, printing and mechanical drawing. He enlisted in the Army on March 7, 1943 and served in the Pacific theater with the 145th Regiment, 37th Infantry Division. He participated in the Battle of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. Thompson died in action on February 9, 1945 near Luzon in The Philippine Islands. He received the Army’s Good Conduct Medal and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Corporal Wilbur Henry Tschopp was born on October 29, 1918 in Chippewa Falls and graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1939. Tschopp enrolled at The Stout Institute, where he completed coursework in mechanical drawing and hand woodworking. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 8, 1941 and was inducted into service with the 41st Training Squadron on January 16, 1942. He married Lillian Sauber on November 21, 1942, and their union produced a son. He became ill in October, 1943 and died while in service at Castle Base in Stanislaus, California on May 9, 1944. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
First Lieutenant Earl “Buck” Volp was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He enrolled in the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute in 1934, graduating in 1938. Volp taught high school manual arts in Proctor, Minnesota and Waupaca, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 10, 1942 as a member of the 485th Bombardment Group. Following additional training at Yale University he became a technical instructor. In January 1945, he became critically ill with meningitis and recovered at a base hospital. He married Ione Schuelke in February 1945 and returned to Waupaca to convalesce. The couple welcomed a daughter in August 1946. Illness returned, and he died of complications from meningitis on November 13, 1946. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Technical Sergeant Patrick Griffin Welch was born on April 9, 1923. He was enrolled in the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute from 1941 to 1942. While at Stout, he completed coursework in printing, woodwork and mechanical drawing. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on June 2, 1942 and became a Technical Sergeant with the 568th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bomber Group. He flew 18 missions as a waist gunner in Germany and received the Air Medal for meritorious service. His B-17G, “Six Nights in Telergma,” was shot down over the North Sea en route to Emden, Germany on December 11, 1944. Memorial markers bearing his name stand at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Wilton, Wisconsin and at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten.
Lieutenant Warren St. John Wiesler was born in 1920 and grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin Extension-Sheboygan before enrolling in The Stout Institute in 1941. In January 1943 he enlisted in the Army Aviation Cadet Reserves. He was commissioned as a bombardier-navigator and based in England. He completed eight missions before he was reported missing in action. His aircraft failed to return from a bombing mission over Germany on October 9, 1944. His death was later confirmed when the armor-gunner reported that they had landed on a German pill box. Lt. Wiesler received a Purple Heart and an Air Medal. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery in England and at the Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
Sergeant Frank Eugene Winterling was born March 27, 1917. He grew up in Dayton, Montana and later moved with his family to Downing, Wisconsin. He attended the River Falls State Teachers College from 1936 to 1938 and transferred to The Stout Institute for the 1938-1939 academic year. He completed coursework in printing, freehand drawing, and sheet metals. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on December 9, 1941. He was sent to serve in the Guadalcanal campaign on the Soloman Islands in the Pacific theatre. He was killed in action on October 14, 1942. He is buried in the Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Ensign Fred Albert Fischer was born September 1, 1930 in Minneapolis. After graduating from Washburn High School, he enrolled in the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute in 1949. Outside of his education he was active in various clubs, including the Rifle Club, Ski Club, The Tower yearbook staff, Radio Club and Epsilon Pi Tau fraternity. He was president of the Symphonic Singers. Additionally, he was a member of the Naval Reserves. Shortly after graduating in 1952 he entered the Navy full time. He was stationed at San Francisco before leaving for Yokosuka, Japan to take up a position as a Security Officer. Upon arrival in Japan he suffered fatal injuries and died on November 6, 1952. He is buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Engineman First Class Vern Fuller was born in Dallas, Wisconsin on June 17, 1921. He graduated from Barron High School in May 1938 and enrolled in the Industrial Education program at The Stout Institute the following January. He completed three semesters of coursework, including woodworking, machine shop, and electrical work. He enlisted in the Navy and relocated with his wife, Ardythe Lorraine Fuller, to Yokosuka, Japan. On October 12, 1950, Fuller was aboard the Admiral-class mine sweeper USS Pledge in Wonson Harbor near Sin-Do Island in Korea. The vessel struck a mine during an attack from enemy shore batteries and sank. Fuller’s body was not recovered. A marker bearing his name stands at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Lieutenant John Leon Abrams was born March 16, 1940. He graduated from high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and enrolled at Stout State College in September 1958. While a student at Stout, Abrams was active in Sigma Tau Gamma-Alpha Kappa, Metals Guild and Manual Arts Players. He was a recipient of the Medallion Award. Abrams graduated from Stout in 1962 and entered the Navy the same year. He served as a naval aviator for six years. Lieutenant Abrams was killed in action at Dung Island, Vietnam on July 13, 1968 when his attack helicopter was shot down by enemy ground fire. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is buried at Spring Hill Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity established the John Leon Abrams Memorial Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time plastics engineering major of sophomore, junior or senior status with a 2.5 or higher GPA, demonstrated financial need and who exhibits leadership in student activities. U.S. military involvement is also required as listed: member of UW-Stout ROTC, member of the U.S. military, veteran of the U.S. military, member of a state National Guard, a veteran of a state National Guard, a son or daughter of a member or veteran of the U.S. Military or state National Guard.
Lieutenant Walter L. Cropp grew up and graduated from high school in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He attended Stout State College from 1959 to 1964. An active member of the “S” Club, Cropp represented Stout athletics competing in wrestling and football. Upon completion of his degree in Industrial Education, Cropp briefly taught metals and drawing at a high school in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1965 he finished Officer Training School and was assigned to the Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas for pilot training. He served in Vietnam for one year before being stationed on Okinawa Island, Japan. He died on March 4, 1965 when his helicopter crashed into the East China Sea en route to Iwo Jima. A military memorial service was held in his honor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Captain Paul David Derby was born on January 4, 1943. He grew up in Marshfield, Wisconsin and graduated from Columbus High School. Attending Stout State College from 1961 to 1965, he played football, was a member of Chi Lambda fraternity, the Interfraternity Council, Stout Student Association and the Stout Society of Industrial Technology. While a student, Derby served in the Marine Reserves. He participated in a Platoon Leaders Program and trained at Officers Candidate School. On January 23, 1965, Derby married his classmate, Dorothy Wormet. Their marriage produced a son and a daughter. He attended flight school prior to active duty and died November 17, 1968 in Quang Ngai province, Vietnam, when his plane was shot down. A memorial marker in his name stands in the Rock Island National Cemetery in Illinois.
The Chi Lambda/Paul Derby Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established to honor Paul’s sacrifice for his family, brothers and country. The scholarship assists a Chi Lambda Fraternity brother who is of junior or senior status with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
Lance Corporal Byrl “Buddy” Gaertner was born on August 16, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Richfield High School in Richfield, Minnesota in June 1965. He attended Stout State University with his identical twin, Joel Gaertner from 1965 to 1967. The brothers studied Industrial Education and were active in the Stout Rifle Club. The brothers enlisted together in the U.S. Marines in March 1967. Byrl Gaertner was deployed to the Quang Nam Province of South Vietnam in February 1968 and served as a rifleman. On May 18, 1968, he was fatally injured by enemy fire while on patrol near Da Nang. He is buried in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Private First Class Thomas Arthur Gerg was on born July 3, 1943. He lived and graduated from high school in Brookfield, Wisconsin prior to enrolling at Stout State College in 1962. While at Stout he was involved in the Alfresco Outing Club, Stout National Education Association and Kappa Lambda Beta fraternity. He enlisted in the Marines on January 28, 1966 and by December was serving as an anti-tank assaultman in Vietnam. On January 12, 1967 he was killed in action in the Thua Thien province, Vietnam. He was awarded a Purple Heart, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Jerry Irwin was born on November 12, 1941. He attended Cadott High school in Cadott, Wisconsin and was active in track, football, baseball and theater. He graduated from high school in 1959 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Irwin enrolled at Stout State College in 1963. While at Stout, he served as Secretary of the Stout Society of Industrial Technology and was a member of the Newman Club. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology in January 1966. Following graduation, he became a pilot at Pensacola Naval Air Station. He died on March 20, 1968 during a training exercise off the Virginia coast. His remains were not recovered. A marker bearing his name stands at his family plot in St. Rose of Lima cemetery near Cadott, Wisconsin.
Lieutenant Commander Oliver “Bruce” Walley was born October 31, 1935 in Sandwich, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University before he entered the Navy. He completed officer candidate school and served as a commissioned officer from 1958 to 1962. In 1963, he enrolled in the Graduate School at Stout State College to earn his Master’s degree. He taught at Menomonie High School for one year before he became an associate professor in the Industrial Education Department at Stout. He died during a flight training mission outside the Los Alamitos Naval Air Station when his pilot encountered zero visibility and lost control. Memorial services were held in his honor in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, Illinois.
Lieutenant Jeremy Robert Wojtkiewicz was born on February 28, 1944 and grew up in Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin. He attended the Industrial Education program at Stout State College from 1962 to 1966, and he completed coursework in woodworking, government, drafting and industrial management. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education on June 4, 1966. In 1967 he enlisted in the Army and trained at the Officer Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. After serving in Vietnam for nearly five months, he died on January 17, 1969 when the vehicle he was riding in hit a mine. He is buried in the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin.
First Lieutenant Jeremy L. Wolfe was born on August 16, 1976 in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He joined the Army National Guard in 1994 and graduated from Colfax High School in 1995. He enrolled at UW-Stout and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Specialist (E4) in the 25th Infantry Division. His Ranger, Airborne and Jump School record earned him a Green and Gold Scholarship at Hawaii Pacific. Wolfe graduated in the top five of his flight school. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003 where he served as a flight platoon leader with the 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Wolfe was killed November 15, 2003 in a helicopter collision in Mosul, Iraq. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He is buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Menomonie, Wisconsin.