This Wednesday: Help Us Welcome Home a Local Hero!

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Gary Wetzel is coming home.

Gary, South Milwaukee’s Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, is returning to his South Milwaukee home this Wednesday, July 19, almost a year after a motorcycle accident left him seriously injured and in need of rehabilitation. He had been staying at a hotel in Franklin awaiting completion of accessibility upgrades to his house.

We are making his homecoming a little more special with a police and fire escort once he hits the South Milwaukee border, to his house in the 2500 block of 17th Avenue. South Milwaukee veterans are also bringing a color guard to his house.

We want your help! It’s a simple request: Please head out to the street along the route and cheer as Gary goes by.

Here are details …

  • What: Welcome Gary Wetzel to his newly remodeled home
  • When: Gary will arrive at 15th and College Avenues around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, to meet a police and fire escort, starting a ride to his house.
  • Route: The escort will head south on 15th Avenue, west on Menomonee Avenue, then north on 17th to his house.
  • Join us: Please stand anywhere along the route and cheer Gary on. Please keep disruption near his house at a minimum.

Thanks, Gary, for your service and your bravery.

Please join me in welcoming this hero back to South Milwaukee.

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10 responses to “This Wednesday: Help Us Welcome Home a Local Hero!

  1. WELCOME BACK TO OUR “LOCAL” MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER / BORN IN SOUTH MILWAUKEE / GREW UP IN OAK CREEK (CARROLVILLE) WENT TO GRADE SCHOOL IN OAK CREEK (OTJEN) WENT TO OAK CREEK HIGH SCHOOL (CLASS OF 1966) “CURRENTLY” LIVING IN SOUTH MILWAUKEE / STAY HEALTHY MY FRIEND FROM LONG TIME CLASSMATES MARY & BOBB

  2. It was an HONOR to meet Gary at the Milwaukee War Memorial along with my long time comrade Joe Campbell. WELCOME HOME indeed.

  3. Sandra Wendlick-LaFaive

    Wishing you well. You will get stronger everyday. Always better to be home. Glad your home will fit your needs. Let us know how you are doing. Love, Sandy (Chip)

  4. Jeff Dziedzic

    Welcome home Gary

  5. Glad ta have ya back Gary. Wishin ya a speedy recovery.

  6. Barbara

    Happy you are finally getting back into your home!

  7. Bill J.

    Welcome home, Gary. I know it has been a long and trying journey. Bless you, Sir.

  8. Jerome Czubinski

    GOD BLESS GARY. REALLY GLAD YOU RECOVERED.

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