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Help Honor UW-Madison’s Fallen Service Members With Our Gold Star Honor Roll Program


A Memorial to our Fallen Servicemen and Servicewomen

The Wisconsin Union and the UW-Madison classes of 1963 and 1967 are working together to tell the stories of alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Help us in identifying these heroic men and women.

The stories of our nation’s service members have been part of the Wisconsin Union’s story for generations, beginning with the dedication of the Memorial Union as a memorial to UW-Madison’s Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I service members. In addition, the names of those who died in active duty during these wars were inscribed in wooden plaques on the walls of the Memorial Union’s Memorial Hall. This is the Gold Star Honor Roll.

Named for a tradition that began during World War I; when a family had a spouse, son or daughter in the service, the family displayed a card with a simple blue star in the window. If the service member passed away in active duty, the card was replaced with one a gold star. The tradition continues today.

The New Kiosk

Together with our partner, we will tell UW-Madison’s fallen heroes' stories through an interactive, electronic kiosk set to be unveiled during a ceremony of remembrance of these heroes on Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall. Once unveiled, this new memorial will include soldiers' names ranging from the Civil War to more recent conflicts. All are welcome to attend the unveiling and ceremony Nov. 11. 

You can help us ensure they are honored and remembered on the UW-Madison campus they once traveled across.

We would like your help in identifying these service members. If you know of a past UW-Madison student who died while in active duty, please complete this short form: Gold Star Honor Roll Submission Form.

Contact Us:

Email: goldstar@union.wisc.edu