05 Jul WWII Veteran’s Belonging To Be Displayed In A Museum
With an aim to honor the World War II Veterans, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will be showcasing artifacts and belongings of a service member who served in the military during WWII.
The Veterans museum is located in Madison and was scheduled to re-open from July 1st, after being closed for almost a year due to the pandemic.
However, though the museum was closed to the general public, researchers and curators had a chance to review and reorganize the museum’s artifacts and add new ones.
Among the long list of new add ons, belongings and artifacts of a Fort Atkinson’s Veteran- George Fox, will also be displayed.
According to the reports, Fox was a Fort Atkinson’s native who served in the Marine Corps during WWII.
He was also present during the famous flag-raising of Iwo Jima, which came to be known as the most crucial time of the war. He even had his photo captured with the flag.
According to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum director, Chris Kolakowski, “He was up there with a couple of buddies, and they took the picture not long after the flag-raising on Mount Suribachi.”
Back in 1986, Fox’s family donated the photo and the uniform worn by him to the museum. However, it was never displayed until now.
Kolakowski added that through these exhibits, he aims to draw attention to the lesser-known contributions of Wisconsin during the war.
To narrate Fox’s story as a WWII Veteran, the museum will be displaying the picture captured with the flag and his uniform.
Fox served in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. He rose to the level of sergeant and took part in battles like he Marianas and the capture of Iwo Jima.
He retired from his service after Japan surrendered during the war and returned to his native town.
Fox’s artifacts will be offering a first-handed view of the infamous war and a rare glimpse of Wisconsin’s contribution to the war.