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A Somber Reminder of the Cost of War

Wisconsin Vietnam veterans search The Paper Wall for obituaries and news stories of their fallen comrades

The ultimate cost of war hits home when you read the names and see the faces of the fallen. At the state Capitol in Madison, now through November 15, The Paper Wall, a tribute to Wisconsin's veterans killed during the Vietnam War, will stand on the second floor of the rotunda, giving mute testimony to the human cost of war. First displayed in Green Bay's Lambeau Field during LZ Lambeau™: Welcoming Home Wisconsin's Vietnam Veterans in May 2010, The Paper Wall contains obituaries and news articles about all but a few of the 1,244 Wisconsin soldiers killed or missing in action during the war.

A Collaborative Effort

Mary Jane Herber, a librarian at the Brown County Library in Green Bay, and a team of volunteers scoured libraries around the state, including the Wisconsin Historical Society's extensive newspaper collection, to find and print the news articles and obituaries. The effort to find articles about the few remaining fallen veterans not yet included on the wall continues. A traveling version of The Paper Wall will be available in 2011.

The Society collaborated with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Wisconsin Public Television to produce LZ Lambeau™, the "Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories" television documentary and its companion book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, "Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories: Our Veterans Remember."

:: Posted November 11, 2010

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