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Street named after Vietnam vet Wetzel
By DAN MUCKELBAUER
MILWAUKEE — When Gary G. Wetzel
looks at the street named after him, he
said he doesn't think only of the combat
that took his left arm.
"Since day one, I wear that blue ribbon
for everybody," said Wetzel, who lives in
"It's not only on behalf of me. It's
everybody's road — not just veterans. You
don't have to be a veteran to be an
On Wednesday, he was recognized
with a stone marker at the War Memorial
Center and the renaming of Mason Street
there to Gary G. Wetzel Medal of Honor
"For one thing, it's nice to be alive and
have that rather than having people talk
about the past and say that Gary did this
and Gary did that. I'm here to hear it,"
Wetzel said in advance of the recognition
for his actions Jan. 8, 1968 in Vietnam,
where he served in the Army as a heli-
copter door gunner.
He said he was flabbergasted by the
street renaming and stone marker in his
Dignitaries weighed in with praise.
Gov. Scott Walker mentioned Wetzel in a
statewide proclamation commemorating
Medal of Honor Day, which is observed
"I could not be more proud to recognize
Gary, he is a hero in the truest sense of the
word. Not only did he save numerous lives
in Vietnam, he has spent the past few
years doing volunteer work to brighten
See WETZEL on Page 6
MILWAUKEE COUNTY'S WEEKLY NEWSPAPER
MARCH 27, 2015
Medal of Honor recipient thanked
Photo by Mary Catanese
Gary Wetzel looks at the marker commemorating his actions
as a Medal of Honor recipient in an unveiling Wednesday at
Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.
360 E. Howard Ave.
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