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Bauermeister honored at The Highground during ceremony

Family and freinds came to honor Frederick Bauermeister on June 10 at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville, Wis. Photo courtesy of The Highground1 / 2
A stone dedication ceremony took place June 10 at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park to honor Bauermeister. Photo courtesy of The Highground2 / 2

On June 10, a stone dedication ceremony took place at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville, Wis. Family and friends came to honor Frederick H. Bauermeister of New Richmond. He served from 1952-1979.

Bauermeister was drafted at 18 years old and inducted at Fort Sheridan, Ill. He was sent to Camp Pickett, Va., where he had eight weeks of infantry and eight weeks of medical training. Then he was sent to Iwo Jima Medical School for four more weeks of training. From there Fritz was sent to Korea and became a litter bearer. The first time out, the main medic was killed, making Bauermeister the main medic.

He was in Korea 13 months and earned several medals. One year after being discharged, he joined the Army Reserve in the 5501st unit out of Fort Snelling, Minn. Over the years, Fritz worked in many Army Hospitals in the states; such as: Valley Forge, Pa.; Fort San Houston, Texas; Fitzsimons Army Hospital, Denver. (He took care of President Dwight Eisenhower when he had his heart attack for a short while.)

Fritz also worked at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and Ramsey in St. Paul as a chief wardmaster. Bauermeister was in regular army four years and in Army Reserves for 23 years. He was proud to have served his country.

The Highground in Neillsville is a 155-acre manned veterans memorial park that pays tribute to the dead, and honors the survivors, their service and their sacrifices. The Highground fulfills its mission of healing and education by bringing past lessons into our hopes for the future.

We seek to have The Highground continue to be a focus of healing for all who come, regardless of the name of the battle which left the scars. The park includes tributes to veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as a National Native American Vietnam Memorial, the Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute, a Meditation Garden, a handicap accessible treehouse, an exact replica of the Liberty Bell, Effigy Mound, a Learning Center (with a library) and 4 miles of hiking trails. Located three miles west of Neillsville on US Highway 10, the park is lighted and open to visitors year round 24 hours a day.

"More than for all veterans, more than for those who did not come back, The Highground is a place for all of us." Incorporated in 1984 as the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project, Inc., this grassroots effort continues only because of the dedication of countless individuals, families, organizations, and businesses who have given of their time, talents, and financial resources. Volunteers and Contributors are the Heart of The Highground. The Highground is a place for all of us.

Stone Placement Ceremonies are scheduled each month April through October. Contact The Highground at 715-743-4224 or email highgrnd@tds.net for more information. Visit the website at www.thehighground.us and "Like" us on Facebook.

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