Milwaukee County War Memorial
  • ArtillerymanRevolutionary War, 1779
  • ParatrooperGrenada, 1983
  • Private First Class StudentU.S. Army Institute for Military Assistance Student Battalion North Carolina, 1983
  • Enlisted Army Green UniformFourth U.S. Army, Ft. Sheridan, IL
  • Corporal3rd Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, 1846
  • Private5th New York Infantry, 1863
  • Sergeant, Radio ManBaghdad, 2006
  • Sergeant Assault Squad Leader1st Rangers, Arzew, Algeria, 1942
  • CorporalTanker, WWII, 1944
  • General George WashingtonRevolutionary War, 1780
  • Corporal Automatic Rifleman5307th Composite Unit, Burma 1944
  • U.S. MarineWinter Dress, Korean War, 1953
  • Private First ClassRome, 1947
  • Brigadier GeneralRevolutionary War, 1780
  • Second LieutenantU.S. Infantry, 1863
  • First Sergeant8th WI Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 1861
  • Sniper, Specialist 41st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, Egypt, 1984
  • Sniper 'Shellie Suit'7th Infantry Division (Light), Ft. Ord, CA
  • LieutenantWWII, Pacific, 1944
  • Technician 5th Grade94th Infantry Division, Germany, 1945
  • RiflemanWWI, 1918
  • 2nd Lieutenant, Team LeaderAlamo Scouts, Phillipines, 1945
  • Corporal Platoon Special Weapons4th Rangers, Anzio, Italy, 1944
  • Enlisted Army Blue Uniform, GuardTomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetary, VA
  • Apache Scout & Calvalry OfficerU.S. Army, 1880
  • Officer1898
  • Private First Class, U.S. Army7th Calvary Regiment, 1876
  • RangerLate 1750
  • CaptainU.S. Calvalry, 1866
  • Private7th Florida Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 1863
  • Gatlin GunCivil War
  • Musician3rd Division, II Corps, 1865
  • The Old Dragons of '48
  • First Sergeant50th New York Engineers, 1863
  • SergeantNew York City Guard
  • Trooper, Buffalo Soldier10th U.S. Calvary, 1870s -1880s
  • Sergeant, Fire Team Leader1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, Hunter Army Airfield, GA, 1984
  • OfficerRevolutionary War, 1780
  • CannonRevolutionary War
  • PrivateInfantry, U.S. Army, 1943
  • Sniper I508th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division
  • Drill Sergeant
  • Machinist's Mate Second ClassU.S. Navy, 1908
  • Sergeant79th Regiment, New York State Militia
  • NurseU.S. Army, 1945
  • Corporal2nd U.S. Dragoon Regiment
  • PrivateCompany A, 2nd U.S. Artillery
  • Private First Class/Scout ObserverRanger Company, 75th Infantry, Vietnam 1970
  • Staff SergeantU.S. Army Special Forces, RT Zeta, MACV-SOG, 1968
  • Mechanic79th Infantry Division, 1918
  • Corporal1st Calvalry Division, 1942
  • Sr. Scout Observer/Specialist 4V Corps LRRP Company, W. Germany, 1961
  • Stinger Missile System
  • CannonCivil War
  • Second Lieutenant7th Iowa Volunteer Calvalry, 1864
  • Private First Class Rifleman29th Rangers, Norway, 1943
  • First SergeantLight Artillery, U.S. Army, 1855
  • First LieutenantClinch Rifles
  • PrivateGuthrie Grays Battalion
  • Sam Houston1793-1863
  • Tank Commander194th Armored Brigade, Ft, Irwin, CA
  • OfficerBaylor's Dragoons, 1777
  • Lt. General Ulysses S. GrantCivil War, 1864
  • General Robert E. LeeCivil War, 1863

About the Collection

This fascinating collection of wooden military figures is all the work of one man —Dr. Richard Rech.

Rech is a retired Milwaukee dentist and Army veteran who carved each of these figures by hand, from a single block of wood. All of the accessories on each of the figures was also designed and crafted by Dr. Rech.

As detailed in the slideshow and video presented here, the collection offers a fascinating glimpse of the evolution of the United States military through through the centuries. The collection spans from a pre-Revolutionary War Ranger of 1750 to a radio man in Baghdad in 2006. Even more remarkable is that each figurine was inspired by a mere photograph, which Dr. Rech would study and then replicate down to the last detail.

The War Memorial Center is thrilled that Dr. Rech donated his collection for the community to enjoy. It is on display in the lower level foyer of the War Memorial Center.  Visitors should keep an eye peeled in the display for the figures representing Dr. Rech when he was stationed in Rome right after WWII (hint: he is holding a saxophone!)  and also Dr. Rech’s wife who was a WWII nurse.


 

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