MILWAUKEE — Workers rehabbing the Milwaukee Soldiers Home have stumbled upon some incredible history — a collection of etchings in the main tower of Old Main.
A news release says Peter Schumacher – an apprentice with JP Cullen, was working in the main tower of Old Main. As Schumacher was taking measurements and inspecting the historic windows he noticed several etchings in the wood siding of an area with limited accessibility. These etchings read “Chas. H. Lass 107 Eng 32 Div, 1917-1919” and were dated May 26, 1924.
Luke Mikula – a site engineer also with JP Cullen, who was working alongside Schumacher – couldn’t believe he was looking at an engraving from a WWI veteran and decided to investigate further. After taking his search online Mikula discovered the 32nd division was comprised of men from Wisconsin and Michigan, with the division’s inception beginning at the famous Iron Brigade of the Civil War. The 32nd division later became known as the Red Arrow Division, with their patch depicting a red arrow shooting through a line to reflect their success at breaking through enemy lines.
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This was originally published by Fox News 6.