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Tomahawk Post Office Will Soon Have a New Name Honoring Korean War Veteran Einar H. Ingman Jr.

Erin Gottsacker/WXPR

The Tomahawk Post Office will take a new name this Saturday in honor of Einar H. Ingman Jr., a Korean War veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Einar H. Ingman Jr. singlehandedly charged two enemy machine guns firing at American squads during a battle in the Korean War.

He was seriously wounded in the process, but because of his actions, opposing troops left their weapons and fled.

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Einar H. Ingman Jr.

Later, former president Harry Truman awarded Ingman the nation’s highest military honor – the Medal of Honor.

Ingman was one of just five Wisconsinites to receive that honor for his service in Korea, and the only one who was alive to receive it.  

Now, Einar H. Ingman Jr. is being honored once again.

Over the past few years, Congressman Tom Tiffany and Senator Ron Johnson have introduced and passed a bipartisan bill to rename the Tomahawk Post Office after Ingman.

Mary Ingman is Einar Ingman Jr.’s daughter.

“This is such an honor to have our father remembered in such a special way because when my father worked at Owens-Illinois all of those years, one of his jobs was a mail clerk. He spent several times a day at that post office,” she says. “It’s just really awesome to see how this all circled around.”

The Post Office will officially take its new name at a public ceremony in Tomahawk Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Tom Tiffany and Ron Johnson will host the ceremony. 

Mary Ingman says she and her family are extremely grateful for the honor.

“I just think this is one example of how we need to continue to educate and create an awareness about what our veterans have done for our country,” she says. “We just need to continue to honor them in all the ways that we can and to never forget to say thank you.”

Erin Gottsacker worked at WXPR as a Morning Edition host and reporter from December 2020 to January 2023. During her time at the station, Erin reported on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.
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