To acknowledge the courage and heroism of Columbia County veterans long gone, a group of seven military personnel honored them on Veterans Day with a stone dedication at the Wisconsin Medal of Honor Monument at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. Honored posthumously were rmy Sgt. lbert O’Connor, of Lodi, and rmy Sgt. William Sickles, of Fall River, who both earned the medal during the Civil War; and Navy Lt. Guy Castle, of Portage, who earned the medal during the Mexican Border Campaign. Steve Sitte and Josh Wenzel of the Pardeeville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10263 led the fundraising effort for the $1,000 stone. Sitte also led a brief ceremony on Nov. 11 to dedicate the stone. Contributions came from the Fall River VFW Post 2219; Pardeeville VFW Post 10263; Pardeeville merican Legion Post 215; Portage VFW Post 1707 and Portage merican Legion Post 47.
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