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Descendants of the Red Arrow keep moving forward with tradition

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

VOLK FIELD, Wis. - In the shadow of the training fields where Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers - ancestors of the 32nd Infantry Division - encamped and trained, members of the Ho-Chunk Nation gathered to continue a decades-old ceremony honoring their veterans.

"We consider it hallowed ground," said Quentin Thundercloud.

Nearly 100 years ago - before they were legally recognized as U.S. citizens - 28 members of what was then referred to as the Wisconsin Winnebago Tribe enlisted in Company D, 128th Infantry Regiment at Camp Douglas, Wis., for World War I. Among them were 15-year-old Arthur Decorah, his 17-year-old brother Henry, and their father Foster, who was not about to let his sons go to war without him. On Aug. 1, 1918, Henry saw his father killed during combat in France.

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