On July 20th, one of our
soldiers, Henry F. Pueschner fell asleep. He was born September 19th, 1927 in northern
Wisconsin. Later his family would moved to Markesan where he attended Markesan School, it
is there his knowledge for history began to grow. Later, at the age of fifteen he joined
the military, he attended St. John's Military School in Delafield. He graduated from there
in 1944 he joined the regular army and the paratroopers, to serve his country during World
War II. He became a sergeant in the 11th Airborne and later, when the war was over, served
in the reserves. During that time he was married and had two children, Rodney and Rita
Soon after leaving the reserves he
became the director of emergency government in Green Lake County, later to become a prison
guard in the Wisconsin Correctional System. There he would become a sergeant and would
serve his state for fifteen years.
In 1994, shortly after he went to
Greenbush he joined the Battery B. 4th Artillery. After that he attended two gunnery
schools and went to every event that was held. It is there he continued to share his
knowledge of history, there would be many times you would see him by the cannon telling
stories to any one that would listen. He also helped others to cherish their freedoms like
he cherished his. This is also the reason he began to give lectures on the Civil War as
well as World War II to the local schools and organizations .
He did not stop there, he became
the chief security guard at the Experimental Aircraft Assocation Seaplane Base, and
continued to work as a LTE at the John Burke Center in Waupun. He was also a mason, a
member of the American Legion, N.R.A., Battery, B, 4th Wisconsin, and the Civil War Round
Table. just to name a few.
If he was asked to help out he
would be the first one to volunteer, he did this because he felt a responsibility to
others. And no one had to wonder how you stood, he would tell people what he thought...and
if he saw something wrong he would say so.
During the funeral, at the
Markesan Cemetery...it was stated that a "student has a quest for knowledge and the
teacher is willing to share it. Henry was both a teacher and a student, and for every one
that knew Henry, they became a better person because of it." I know I came away a
better person and I know many of you feel the same. I will never forget Henry, Hank, Sarge
or Junior as he was known to his friends. After all he is a hard person to forget and for
me he was a easy person to love. I must remember and I hope you will too he is only asleep
and some day we will see him again...and it is there that we will have our reenacting
Day is done, gone the sun from
the lake, from the hill, from the sky. All is well, safely rest. God is nigh. Thanks and
praise for our days 'neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'neath the sky. As we go, this we
know, God is nigh.
Sarge was honored with a fly over at Experimental
Aircraft Association 1997 Annual Fly In
at Oshkosh Wisconsin . . .