(MENOMONIE, WIS) --UW-Stout has unveiled a Memorial Wall in their Memorial Student Center honoring students, faculty and staff that died serving our country
“This is a very special occasion for us. We started with a fallen brother who was killed in Vietnam and got a group of fraternity brothers that said let’s do something for him,” UW-Stout Alumni Robert Janeczko said.
That friend was John Abrams, a Lieutenant in the Navy, who died during a flying mission in 1968.
“John was a character, I miss him a lot,” fellow Veteran and UW-Stout Alumni Brian Walker said.
Brian Walker said more than a year ago he and some fellow alumni started looking into ways they could memorialize their friend but never imagined it would turn in to a Memorial Wall.
"It makes me very proud and honored," said Walker.
Along with it Abrams, 39 other men who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country are now memorialized together at UW-Stout’s Student Center, including Dorothy’s husband Paul Derby. Derby was killed in Vietnam just a few years after they got married. Dorothy says it's fitting that his picture hangs on the wall among other men who served and attended UW-Stout.
UW-Stout says the wall includes men who were killed in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War.