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                                                 MEMORIAL BENCH DECICATION



Story by Richard Lindbeck, Photos by Tom Hietman

Chapter 448, Newburg, Wisconsin were honored to participate in the dedication of a memorial bench for Medal of Honor Recipient Einer H. Ingman, Jar of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. 

Einer Ingram received the Medal of Honor for action in Korea where he took command of his unit after their sergeant had been killed. His action took out a machine gun nest before he was wounded.  He then proceeded to take out a second machine gun before he lost conscience from being hit in the face from small arms fire.  His action saved his unit and caused the enemy to retreat.

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From left to right: James Hackbarth, Francis Mueller (Chapter 448 President), Richard Lindbeck (Wisconsin State Council President), Adran Krueger, Richard Muller, Al Bartkowiak, kneeling James Bokelman, Jerry Zechmeister.

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James Hackbarth, Adrian Krueger, Francis Mueller, Richard Lindbeck, John Scocos (Secretary Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs) James Bokelman, Richard Muller, Al Bartkowiak, kneeling-Jerry Zechmeister

Corporal Ingman was brought to Battle Creek, Michigan for recovery of his injuries.  He lost hearing in one ear, the sight in one eye.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman while in the hospital in Battle Creek.

Local 850, United Steel Workers spearheaded the memorial and provided the space for the memorial and flagpole.  The Local honored all veterans during the program.

His son Tom Ingram said they travel around the country on vacation and frequently stopped at American Legion Posts.  He always said he was just one of the guys and did not want accolades. 

When Chapter 448 learned of the dedication we were able to assemble members to attend the program.  Secretary John Scocos, Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs also was in attendance and a speaker.  John served two tours in Iraq as a Colonel before returning to Wisconsin.

When Einer Ingman returned home to Wisconsin he continued to farm in the Kewaskum area.  Until we learned of the memorial bench dedication it was not known that a Medal of Honor recipient lived in our area.  It was a true honor to be able to participate in the program.  Mr. Ingman now resides in Irma, Wisconsin.

During the dedication ceremony all the names of veterans lost from the Civil War to Vietnam were read prior to the 21 gun salute and playing of taps.


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