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The following is a news release from the Wi Dept. Of Veterans Affairs:

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announces a day set aside to honor recipients of the Medal of Honor.

On March 25, Medal of Honor Day will be observed in Wisconsin, to celebrate and honor those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been awarded the Medal of Honor for their valor in action above and beyond the call of duty.  The Medal of Honor is the highest military award for bravery.  It was established by the U.S. Congress and is sometimes called the "Congressional Medal of Honor" although the formal title is the Medal of Honor.  Due to the nature of the criteria of the award, the Medal of Honor is often awarded posthumously.

In 2010, pursuant to 2009 Wisconsin Act 144, the State of Wisconsin designated that the Governor shall annually proclaim March 25th of each year as Medal of Honor Day.

In Wisconsin, 61 citizens have been recipients of the Medal of Honor. 

On November 8, 2004, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum received its first donation of a Medal of Honor (MOH), from the family of Wausau native Lieutenant Jerome A. Sudut, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his brave efforts in leading a platoon to drive the enemy from a hill near Kumhwa, Korea on September 12, 1951.  Another MOH the Museum has in its collections was also awarded posthumously during the Korean War, to Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr., of Hatfield, for maintaining his firing position until mortally wounded by the enemy, allowing time for the evacuation of wounded comrades.  A third MOH was recently acquired by the Museum.  It had been awarded posthumously in 1945 to Staff Sgt. Gerald Endl of Fort Atkinson, for acting heroically to save eleven men of his platoon during the World War II Battle of Driniumor River, on New Guinea.

Read more information about the Medal of Honor and the award at www.WisVets.com/MOH, on the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs website.  

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