Veteran's uniform on display for anniversary of D-Day

Published: Jun. 5, 2019 at 8:06 PM CDT
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On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is displaying the uniform of a veteran who fought that day on a Normandy beach.

Martin Gutekunst was living in Milwaukee when he was drafted into the Navy. He served as a radioman with the 2nd Naval Beach Battalion, fighting at Utah Beach. On D-Day he was at Utah Beach, and after the war, he returned back to the United States.

"It means a great deal to have these artifacts, because they have a certain power to transmit those stories and those values of our veterans," said Michael Telzrow, Director of Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

On display in the museum are Gutekunst's wet weather parka, M1 helmet, and parachute jumper boots.

"These are extremely rare artifacts," Telzrow said. "This type of material usually did not survive the war. It got used up, guys would throw them away, they'd get new issues of boots and jackets. It's fairly unusual to find this type of material together and still surviving."

The display will be up through June.