(1861 - 1865)
Growing database which lists known CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS
which lived, served or are buried in Shawano County - adjacent areas included as well... i.e. Keshena. 
VIETNAM CASUALTY INDEX Casualties from Shawano County
WWII DRAFT REGISTRATIONS Fourth registration by men between the ages of 42 and 64 in 1942 - not complete -- see page for details.
WWII ENLISTMENTS - ARMY Army enlistments from Shawano County during WWII.
WORLD WAR II - Shawano Veterans from Shawano County during WWII.
Korean War - Shawano Casualties from Shawano County during the Korean War.
W.W. I Gold Star List Cobi Burke has transcribed these entries of Shawano County soldiers  who died in World War I.
WORLD WAR I - Shawano WORLD WAR I -- Company F 127th Infantry, 4th Regiment 
List of Civil War Veterans Buried in Shawano County Dave Maas has transcribed these entrees from the Shawano County Journal--1909.
Civil War Veterans by Jerry Dalum Jerry has done an excellent job of locating information on Shawano County in the Civil War...lots of data here.
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers,
War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865
This site is great, not just for Shawano Civil War but for the entire State of Wisconsin. 
Alphabetical GRAVE REGISTRATION information


The National Archives has a separate list of Union soldiers who were buried at the United States Soldiers' Home in the period 1861 through 1918. Other separate lists name Union soldiers buried in national cemeteries, 1861 to 1865, with a few as late as  1886. These are arranged by name of cemetery, by military organization, and, for certain states, by name of the soldier. The name indexes are available for Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. 
World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas The following is a  database at in the "subscription section".  If you do not have a subscription and would like me to search the site, email me with the database name and the person's name that you are researching.
Where to Write for Copies of U.S. Military Records? Lists addresses of offices that have military records depending on which years/wars.
World War I Draft Registration Cards 



These registration cards (1917-1918) have already been microfilmed by LDS and are available to view at your local Family History Center or email me for a FREE COPY.

FHL # 1674982  WISCONSIN Shawano County, A - F
FHL # 1674983 WISCONSIN Shawano County, G - Z
World War II Draft Registration Cards 


A draft administered by the Selective Service System was re-inaugurated during World War II. Until recently, the registration cards for this war were stored in federal records  centers and were not generally accessible, but some National Archives regional archives are now processing them  and making them ready for examination. For example, the National Archives regional archives (Great Lakes region) at Chicago already has processed and made available the cards for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Inquiries should be made at the regional archives nearest the place where registration occurred.  Other Selective Service System documents of a
 local or regional nature, dating from 1940, may be found in some National Archives regional archives  and sometimes fragments can be found among the holdings of state archives. Included in some of these holdings are lists of names of individuals who were sent to conscientious objectors' work camps in lieu of military service .  Wisconsin M559
Enumeration of Civil War Veterans, 1885; 1895; 1905


Special state censuses were taken using returns from county clerks listing veterans residing in Wisconsin during
 each of the three years shown above. Included are name, rank, and post office. Also included is name of unit or vessel; arranged alphabetically by county and thereunder by local military unit. The 1905 enumeration arranged the names alphabetically by Wisconsin military unit; organizations of other states; United States regular army; "colored" organizations; sailors; marines. These censuses are available in published volumes. 
Meaning of the Flag Draped Coffin

The Meaning Of The Flag Draped Coffin (reprinted)

NOTE: I'm not sure if this is the official version but it is very, very interesting...

All Americans should be given this lesson. To understand what the flag draped coffin really means…… Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers. Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776? Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

The 6th fold is for where people’s hearts lie. It is with their heart that They pledge allegiance to the flag of the United! States Of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day!

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you’ll see flags folded and now you will know why.


And here are a few of my favorite sites which describe specific military engagements/wars.  Some are databases where you might find your missing ancestor/relative like I did.  Worth checking out.
American Civil War, 1861–1865
Spanish-American War, 1898
Philippine-American War, 1899–1902
World War I, 1914–1918 (U.S.,1917–1918) 
U.S. Naval Deaths, World War I
World War II, 1939-1945 (U.S.,1941-1945) 
Pearl Harbor Casualties (U.S.) 
Korean War, 1950–1953
Vietnam War, 1961–1973
Persian Gulf War, 1990–1991