Watch Bill Kosky's second interview: CLICK HERE


Watch Harry Baker's second interview: CLICK HERE


Watch John Eskau's second interview:
CLICK HERE
Veterans Reunion 2019

The Bell Tower Memorial (BTM) held a reunion for the Veterans interviewed for the 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Veterans Oral History Project. Kirkland Crossings in Pewaukee hosted the event on August 15, 2019.


Veteran Attendees:

Don Peterson, Army; John Miller, Navy; Forrest Gunderson, Army Air Corps; Marge Behlen, Army; Tom Heaton, Navy; Earl Davison, Marine; Eugene Schulz, Army; Bill Vaitl, Army; Wayne Iverson, Navy; Bill Kosky, Navy; John Bosch, Army; Mike Weigl, Army; Jerry Stern, Navy; Al Exner, Navy; John Eskau, Navy; Phil Baird, Navy

Veteran Second Interviews


In late 2021, Jean Miller of the Bell Tower Memorial, conducted second interviews with WWII Army Veteran Harry Baker, WWII Navy Veteran Bill Kosky and WWII Navy Veteran John Eskau.

Veterans In The Classroom

On Friday, January 3, 2020, Korean War Veteran Walter Hogan spoke at Pewaukee High School to teacher Sharon Straub's history class about his time in Korea. Hogan served in the army as a squad leader and was shot on October 24, 1952 during the Battle of Chorwon Valley. He spent three days in a MASH unit before being shipped to Yokohama, Japan. He ended up at Walter Reed hospital in Washington D.C. The injuries he sustained caused him to lose his leg, but that didn't stop him from living his life, eventually becoming a (now past) National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


To hear more of Walter Hogan's story, stay tuned for our Veterans Oral History Project coming in Spring of 2020.

Veterans Oral History Project - 2021

In 2021, the Bell Tower Memorial featured 11 Veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Cold War along with 11 students from Pewaukee, Waukesha South and Lake Country Lutheran High Schools.

Veteran Participants:
Howard Hadley, Air Force, Vietnam; Dean Larsen, Navy, Korean War Era; Dale Stark, Air Force, Korea; Lee Murry, Army, Korea; Walter Hogan, Army, Korea; Terry Inda, Navy, WWII; Richard Kuenn, Air Force, Korean War Era; Ron Sowinski, Navy, Cold War; Craig Arellano, Air Force, Vietnam War Era; Rollie Crandall, Navy, Vietnam; John Arnold, Army, Vietnam War Era

Student Participants:
Drew Sonderman, Erin Esser, Tony Carrillo, Anna Brandl, Roman Olvera-Jeramillo, Anika Woelffer, Alyssa Myers, Lily Swanson, Tiara Tran, Taylor Casey, and Nick Seidl


Check out our videos!

Veterans Oral History Project - 2021

In 2021, the Bell Tower Memorial featured 11 Veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Cold War along with 11 students from Pewaukee, Waukesha South and Lake Country Lutheran High Schools.

Veteran Participants:
Howard Hadley, Air Force, Vietnam; Dean Larsen, Navy, Korean War Era; Dale Stark, Air Force, Korea; Lee Murry, Army, Korea; Walter Hogan, Army, Korea; Terry Inda, Navy, WWII; Richard Kuenn, Air Force, Korean War Era; Ron Sowinski, Navy, Cold War; Craig Arellano, Air Force, Vietnam War Era; Rollie Crandall, Navy, Vietnam; John Arnold, Army, Vietnam War Era

Student Participants:
Drew Sonderman, Erin Esser, Tony Carrillo, Anna Brandl, Roman Olvera-Jeramillo, Anika Woelffer, Alyssa Myers, Lily Swanson, Tiara Tran, Taylor Casey, and Nick Seidl


Check out our videos!

Watch Bill Kosky's second interview: CLICK HERE


Watch Harry Baker's second interview: CLICK HERE


Watch John Eskau's second interview:
CLICK HERE
Veterans Oral History Project - 2022

In 2022, the Bell Tower Memorial featured 12 Veterans from various conflicts and eras with 12 students from Pewaukee High School, Waukesha South  High School, University Lake School, and St. John's Northwestern Academy.

Veteran Participants:
Daniel Driscoll, Navy, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan; Jeff Ellenbecker, Army, Gulf War Era; Mark Gilbert, British Army, Northern Ireland, Iraq; Larry Graham, Army, Korean War Era; Wayne Graves, Army, Vietnam Era; Patrick Holloway, Army, Vietnam War; Robert Jacob, Army, WWII; Tom Lemmer, Navy, Vietnam War; Bob Scanlan, Air Force, Vietnam War; Steve Schweiss, Air Force, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom; Cliff Wallenfang, Air Force, Cold War; Dennis Ziebell, Army, Vietnam War

Student Participants:
Jaden Liermann, Bryce Denzien, Ashleigh McCarthy, Georgios Bofiles, Brian Thometz, Khadijah Dhoondia, Erin Loeschmann, George Park, Kailyn Jackowick, Will Smyczek, Kate Buerger, Erin Berg

Check out our videos!​

Veteran Second Interviews


In late 2021, Jean Miller of the Bell Tower Memorial, conducted second interviews with WWII Army Veteran Harry Baker, WWII Navy Veteran Bill Kosky and WWII Navy Veteran John Eskau.

Veterans In The Classroom

On Friday, January 3, 2020, Korean War Veteran Walter Hogan spoke at Pewaukee High School to teacher Sharon Straub's history class about his time in Korea. Hogan served in the army as a squad leader and was shot on October 24, 1952 during the Battle of Chorwon Valley. He spent three days in a MASH unit before being shipped to Yokohama, Japan. He ended up at Walter Reed hospital in Washington D.C. The injuries he sustained caused him to lose his leg, but that didn't stop him from living his life, eventually becoming a (now past) National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


To hear more of Walter Hogan's story, stay tuned for our Veterans Oral History Project coming in Spring of 2020.

Veterans Oral History Project - 2021

In 2021, the Bell Tower Memorial featured 11 Veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Cold War along with 11 students from Pewaukee, Waukesha South and Lake Country Lutheran High Schools.

Veteran Participants:
Howard Hadley, Air Force, Vietnam; Dean Larsen, Navy, Korean War Era; Dale Stark, Air Force, Korea; Lee Murry, Army, Korea; Walter Hogan, Army, Korea; Terry Inda, Navy, WWII; Richard Kuenn, Air Force, Korean War Era; Ron Sowinski, Navy, Cold War; Craig Arellano, Air Force, Vietnam War Era; Rollie Crandall, Navy, Vietnam; John Arnold, Army, Vietnam War Era

Student Participants:
Drew Sonderman, Erin Esser, Tony Carrillo, Anna Brandl, Roman Olvera-Jeramillo, Anika Woelffer, Alyssa Myers, Lily Swanson, Tiara Tran, Taylor Casey, and Nick Seidl


Check out our videos!

Veterans Oral History Project Award Ceremony & Luncheon - 2019

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, The Bell Tower Memorial (BTM) and St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (SJNMA) hosted their fourth annual Award Ceremony and Luncheon at SJNMA, honoring the completion of their Veterans Oral History Project (VOHP) and it's participants.

Sponsored by Habush Habush & Rottier, WaterStone Bank, Circle Electric, Vice Admiral Dirk and Terry Debbink, USNR (ret.), and John Fleckenstein to Honor Veteran Jerry Stern, students, Veterans, their families, and members of the community enjoyed lunch and the inspirational words of our guest speaker, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. Veterans and students received award acknowledgments for their work on the project.

Veteran Participants:

Earl Davison, Marines, Korea; Arnold Fuerstenberg, Army, WWII; Forrest Gunderson, Army Air Corps, WWII; Thomas Heaton, Navy, WWII; Bill Kosky, Navy, WWII; Michael Krebs, Navy, Vietnam; Don Peterson, Army, Korea; Norm Poberezny, Merchant Marines/Coast Guard, WWII; Bill Rheingans, Air Force, Vietnam/Iraqi Freedom; Eugene Schulz, Army, WWII; William Vaitl, Army, Cold War; Bob Winchell, Army Air Corps, WWII

Student Participants:

Alan Cameron, Andrew Drazy, James Homann, Ellie Kaczkowski, Douglas Kirkhofer, Hailey Kiser, Zoe Klett, Robert Kubiak III, Alyssa Labs, Sara Laszkiewicz, Elisabeth Prudlo, William Tuttle


Check out our video and photo gallery!

Bell Tower Memorial on WISN

On Sunday, December 12, 2021, Jean Miller and Steve McNeal from the Bell Tower Memorial joined Jeff McCarthy and Becky Miller from Bank Five Nine on their weekly radio show, That's So Money. Discussing the updated project, Jean and Steve described the history of the organization and the steps we're taking to bring this memorial to life. Take a listen!​

Veteran Second Interviews


In late 2021, Jean Miller of the Bell Tower Memorial, conducted second interviews with WWII Army Veteran Harry Baker, WWII Navy Veteran Bill Kosky and WWII Navy Veteran John Eskau.

Veterans Oral History Project Award Ceremony & Luncheon - 2019

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, The Bell Tower Memorial (BTM) and St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (SJNMA) hosted their fourth annual Award Ceremony and Luncheon at SJNMA, honoring the completion of their Veterans Oral History Project (VOHP) and it's participants.

Sponsored by Habush Habush & Rottier, WaterStone Bank, Circle Electric, Vice Admiral Dirk and Terry Debbink, USNR (ret.), and John Fleckenstein to Honor Veteran Jerry Stern, students, Veterans, their families, and members of the community enjoyed lunch and the inspirational words of our guest speaker, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. Veterans and students received award acknowledgments for their work on the project.

Veteran Participants:

Earl Davison, Marines, Korea; Arnold Fuerstenberg, Army, WWII; Forrest Gunderson, Army Air Corps, WWII; Thomas Heaton, Navy, WWII; Bill Kosky, Navy, WWII; Michael Krebs, Navy, Vietnam; Don Peterson, Army, Korea; Norm Poberezny, Merchant Marines/Coast Guard, WWII; Bill Rheingans, Air Force, Vietnam/Iraqi Freedom; Eugene Schulz, Army, WWII; William Vaitl, Army, Cold War; Bob Winchell, Army Air Corps, WWII

Student Participants:

Alan Cameron, Andrew Drazy, James Homann, Ellie Kaczkowski, Douglas Kirkhofer, Hailey Kiser, Zoe Klett, Robert Kubiak III, Alyssa Labs, Sara Laszkiewicz, Elisabeth Prudlo, William Tuttle

Veterans In The Classroom

On Thursday, February 17, 2022, WWII Navy Veteran John Eskau spoke at Pewaukee High School about the true happenings during the war while he served in Okinawa, Japan and elsewhere. John was first interviewed during the Veterans Oral History Project in 2017. He's a very active supporter of various community projects and loves construction work.​

Veterans Oral History Project Award Ceremony & Luncheon - 2018

Veteran Participants:

Jack Eleyet, Air Force, Korea; Jo Helgeson, Army, Korea; John Jadel, Army, WWII; John Miller, Navy, Korea; Charlie Payne, Army, WWII; Alvin Rohde, Army, Korea; Ralph Simoneau, Marines, WWII; Robert Smith, Marines, Korea; Jerry Stern, Navy, WWII

Student Participants:

Chloe Brossman, Andrew DeMaster, Nokolas Denzien, Jake Gonzalez, Katherine Hearden, Carolyn Miller, Amaya Seidl, Stevie Ward, Emily Willis


WATCH INTERVIEWS HERE​

Bell Tower Memorial on WISN

On Sunday, December 12, 2021, Jean Miller and Steve McNeal from the Bell Tower Memorial joined Jeff McCarthy and Becky Miller from Bank Five Nine on their weekly radio show, That's So Money. Discussing the updated project, Jean and Steve described the history of the organization and the steps we're taking to bring this memorial to life. Take a listen!​

Veterans In The Classroom

On Thursday, February 17, 2022, WWII Navy Veteran John Eskau spoke at Pewaukee High School about the true happenings during the war while he served in Okinawa, Japan and elsewhere. John was first interviewed during the Veterans Oral History Project in 2017. He's a very active supporter of various community projects and loves construction work.​

Veterans Oral History Project Award Ceremony & Luncheon - 2016

Veteran Participants:

Marge Behlen, Army Nurse, Korea; John Kent, Army, WWII; Harry Boehler, Navy, WWII; John Bosch, Army, Korea; Wayne Iverson, Navy, Korea; Fritz Krause, Army, WWII; Dallas Kobriger, Coast Guard, WWII

Student Participants:

Liana Jackson, Kyle Turba, Lydia Heinen, Kendall Schoenike, Aidan Nordquist


WATCH INTERVIEWS HERE​

Veterans Reunion 2019

The Bell Tower Memorial (BTM) held a reunion for the Veterans interviewed for the 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Veterans Oral History Project. Kirkland Crossings in Pewaukee hosted the event on August 15, 2019.


Veteran Attendees:

Don Peterson, Army; John Miller, Navy; Forrest Gunderson, Army Air Corps; Marge Behlen, Army; Tom Heaton, Navy; Earl Davison, Marine; Eugene Schulz, Army; Bill Vaitl, Army; Wayne Iverson, Navy; Bill Kosky, Navy; John Bosch, Army; Mike Weigl, Army; Jerry Stern, Navy; Al Exner, Navy; John Eskau, Navy; Phil Baird, Navy

Veterans Oral History Project - 2022

In 2022, the Bell Tower Memorial featured 12 Veterans from various conflicts and eras with 12 students from Pewaukee High School, Waukesha South  High School, University Lake School, and St. John's Northwestern Academy.

Veteran Participants:
Daniel Driscoll, Navy, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan; Jeff Ellenbecker, Army, Gulf War Era; Mark Gilbert, British Army, Northern Ireland, Iraq; Larry Graham, Army, Korean War Era; Wayne Graves, Army, Vietnam Era; Patrick Holloway, Army, Vietnam War; Robert Jacob, Army, WWII; Tom Lemmer, Navy, Vietnam War; Bob Scanlan, Air Force, Vietnam War; Steve Schweiss, Air Force, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom; Cliff Wallenfang, Air Force, Cold War; Dennis Ziebell, Army, Vietnam War

Student Participants:
Jaden Liermann, Bryce Denzien, Ashleigh McCarthy, Georgios Bofiles, Brian Thometz, Khadijah Dhoondia, Erin Loeschmann, George Park, Kailyn Jackowick, Will Smyczek, Kate Buerger, Erin Berg

Check out our videos!​

Veterans Oral History Project Award Ceremony & Luncheon - 2017

Veteran Participants:

Phil Baird, Navy, WWII; Harry Baker, Army, WWII; John Eskau, Navy, WWII; Al Exner, Navy, WWII; Al Hansen, Army, WWII; Edmund Mies, Army, WWII; Charlie Myers, Air Force, Vietnam; Ed Tyre, Army, WWII; Mike Weigl, Army, WWII

Student Participants:

Lauren Baylor, Alan Cameron, Luke Dykowski, Jinda Guidinger, Douglas Kirkhofer, Tyler Kiser, Kaleena Montez, Nik Portz, Jordan Varghese


WATCH INTERVIEWS HERE​

Watch Bill Kosky's second interview: CLICK HERE


Watch Harry Baker's second interview: CLICK HERE


Watch John Eskau's second interview:
CLICK HERE
Veterans Oral History Project - 2022

In 2022, the Bell Tower Memorial featured 12 Veterans from various conflicts and eras with 12 students from Pewaukee High School, Waukesha South  High School, University Lake School, and St. John's Northwestern Academy.

Veteran Participants:
Daniel Driscoll, Navy, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan; Jeff Ellenbecker, Army, Gulf War Era; Mark Gilbert, British Army, Northern Ireland, Iraq; Larry Graham, Army, Korean War Era; Wayne Graves, Army, Vietnam Era; Patrick Holloway, Army, Vietnam War; Robert Jacob, Army, WWII; Tom Lemmer, Navy, Vietnam War; Bob Scanlan, Air Force, Vietnam War; Steve Schweiss, Air Force, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom; Cliff Wallenfang, Air Force, Cold War; Dennis Ziebell, Army, Vietnam War

Student Participants:
Jaden Liermann, Bryce Denzien, Ashleigh McCarthy, Georgios Bofiles, Brian Thometz, Khadijah Dhoondia, Erin Loeschmann, George Park, Kailyn Jackowick, Will Smyczek, Kate Buerger, Erin Berg

Check out our videos!​

Veterans Oral History Project Award Ceremony & Luncheon - 2019

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, The Bell Tower Memorial (BTM) and St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (SJNMA) hosted their fourth annual Award Ceremony and Luncheon at SJNMA, honoring the completion of their Veterans Oral History Project (VOHP) and it's participants.

Sponsored by Habush Habush & Rottier, WaterStone Bank, Circle Electric, Vice Admiral Dirk and Terry Debbink, USNR (ret.), and John Fleckenstein to Honor Veteran Jerry Stern, students, Veterans, their families, and members of the community enjoyed lunch and the inspirational words of our guest speaker, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. Veterans and students received award acknowledgments for their work on the project.

Veteran Participants:

Earl Davison, Marines, Korea; Arnold Fuerstenberg, Army, WWII; Forrest Gunderson, Army Air Corps, WWII; Thomas Heaton, Navy, WWII; Bill Kosky, Navy, WWII; Michael Krebs, Navy, Vietnam; Don Peterson, Army, Korea; Norm Poberezny, Merchant Marines/Coast Guard, WWII; Bill Rheingans, Air Force, Vietnam/Iraqi Freedom; Eugene Schulz, Army, WWII; William Vaitl, Army, Cold War; Bob Winchell, Army Air Corps, WWII

Student Participants:

Alan Cameron, Andrew Drazy, James Homann, Ellie Kaczkowski, Douglas Kirkhofer, Hailey Kiser, Zoe Klett, Robert Kubiak III, Alyssa Labs, Sara Laszkiewicz, Elisabeth Prudlo, William Tuttle


Check out our video and photo gallery!