The stories in this column all were found via research that sorted multiple databases or sources in interdependent ways, and the results yield fascinating details.
World War 2: Exclusive list from Battle of the Bulge
Civil War: Detailing the 44 Medals of Honor in two days in 1864
In September 1864, one battle among tens of thousands of troops near Petersburg, Va., resulted in 44 Medals of Honor, including the vast majority of such honors for blacks in the Army in the entire war. Here is Tom Mueller's research into this little-reported fact. http://warbooks.webs.com/
Korea: The week of total disaster
World War II: D-Day and Saipan
June 1944 featured the huge invasions of D-Day and Saipan; the latter often being overlooked because of the size and acclaim of D-Day.
At least 12 Wisconsin men were killed June 15, 1944, in the invasion of Saipan. The state's D-Day toll was 19. Here are their names.
World War II: Wisconsin's worst day
Thousands of death entries in a database of MIAs and overseas burials were sorted out to determine what likely was Wisconsin's bloodiest day of the war – a previously little known event in the Pacific. There is no similar database for soldiers whose bodies were returned home for burial in Wisconsin's 72 counties or in national cemeteries. See the newspaper story about Tom Mueller's discovery at http://www.jsonline.com/news/
Civil War: One soldier's story
A significant piece of history may be buried on your family tree, and researching it will provide a story that will last for generations.
Read about Tom Mueller's relative in the Civil War, who fought in Louisiana and nearby states in 1864 and 1865. This story was developed only in the last few years and from various historical books and websites about his unit, the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry, plus details about his 13 children from an old family genealogy. http://warbooks.webs.com/my