Medal of Honor Recipients
Ordinary Seaman James K. Duncan (Civil War), U. S. Navy, USS Fort Hindman. Harrisonburg, La., April 16, 1864 (Section 19, Grave 41).
Private Milton Matthews (Civil War), U.S. Army, Company C, 61st Pennsylvania Infantry. Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865 (Section 11, Grave 61).
Corporal Winthrop D. Putnam (Civil War), U.S. Army, Company A, 77th, Illinois Infantry. Vicksburg, Miss., May 22, 1863 (Section 16, Grave 109).
Private Lewis A. Rounds (Civil War), U.S. Army, Company D, 8th Ohio Infantry. Spotsylvania, Va., May 12, 1864 (Section 20, Grave 256).
Boatswain’s Mate Michael McCormick (Civil War), U.S. Navy, USS Signal. Red River, May 19, 1865 (Section MA, Grave 10A).
Section 8 contains private monuments marking the graves of civilians buried in the Wood National Cemetery. They include doctors who worked for the old Soldiers Home and their families. The largest monument marks the grave of General Kilbourn Knox, the sixth Governor of the Northwest Branch of the Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers who passed away on April 17, 1891 (Section 8, Grave 7).
The first interment at Wood National Cemetery is John Afton, Private in Co. G, 1st Michigan Infantry who died May 22, 1871 (Section 5-II, Grave 163B).
There are unknown soldiers interred in Section 4.
The first Vietnam War Casualty buried in the cemetery is Private Duncan F. Krueger, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry. Killed in action on Nov. 17, 1965 (Section 37A, Row 22, Grave 1).
Corporal David Gander, Company F, 2nd Battalion. Killed in action on Oct. 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon (Section 4, Grave 820).
Michelle Marie Witmer (1984-2004) was the first female Wisconsin National Guard member killed in combat, and first from the Guard killed since World War II. She lived with her family in New Berlin, WI, and she attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Witmer joined the Wisconsin National Guard in 2002. Specialist Witmer served with the Guard’s 32nd Police Company in Iraq, where she was killed in an ambush on April 9, 2004. Her after-hours volunteer work at a Baghdad orphanage inspired those who knew her, while her death brought attention to women and military service. Witmer was buried in Wood National Cemetery on April 16 (Section 49, Grave 179A).