IN RECOGNITION OF Arnold “Bud” Stern’s 100th Birthday

October 21, 2019
Wisconsinite of the Week




October 21st, 2019

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Arnold “Bud” Stern of New London, Wisconsin on celebrating his 100th birthday.

Born on November 3, 1919, Bud grew up in New London, Wisconsin and graduated from New London High School. He then attended St. Louis University and studied nursing. Upon the completion of his degree, he moved to Nevada and worked at the Hoover Dam as an industrial nurse. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bud entered the armed services and was deployed overseas.

Bud served as a surgical nurse during World War II. His assignment was to set up field hospitals where he assisted in abdominal repair surgeries. Field hospitals were mobile medical care units typically erected near the front lines of battle. Operating teams were often used to reinforce other medical units and treat soldiers who suffered non-transportable injuries. Nurses in World War II were a part of every link in the chain of evacuation established in each theater of war, and contributed to the low post-injury mortality rate among American military forces.

To commemorate Bud’s milestone birthday, the community of New London is hosting a celebration on October 27th in his honor. Friends of the New London Public Museum and the New London Heritage Historical Society captured Bud’s memories of living in New London and his service in World War II in a video to be played at the event. The Mayor of New London, Gary Henke, recognized Bud by issuing a proclamation declaring November 3 as Arnold “Bud” Stern Day.

Madam Speaker, I urge all members of this body to join me in thanking Arnold “Bud” Stern for his service and wishing him a happy and healthy 100th birthday. Thank you, Madam Speaker. I yield back.

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