Mort McBain: Guilt, Survivorship, and the Trauma of War
Not only during the Vietnam War, but in all places of combat, the people involved experience violent and tragic events. Mort McBain will address this when he presents “Guilt, Survivorship, and the Trauma of War” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. It’s a special addition to our History Speaks series, in honor of the Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name traveling exhibit.
Speaker Mort McBain, of Weston, will explore the impact of war casualties on the community in general, and compare coping mechanisms and responses with other traumatic or violent incidents that the community has experienced.
Mort is a Vietnam veteran, having served during 1968 as an infantryman and LRRP (Long Range Reconn. Patrol). He was Marathon County Administrator for 22 years. In retirement he enjoys church volunteerism, gardening, and art, among other things. One of his paintings is owned by the family of the late General Vang Pao, the leader of the Hmong people during the Vietnam Conflict. Mort was instrumental in helping create the Lao/Hmong Veteran’s Memorial on the grounds of the Marathon County Courthouse.
The traveling exhibit Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name during May 2019 features a photo for each of the 1,161 Wisconsinites officially listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., plus photos for names that are listed on The Highground Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Neillsville. It will be on display at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau, through June 2. It is a project of Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum has made the exhibit, which consists of 17 portable indoor display banners, available to local libraries, historic societies, schools and community spaces throughout the state. More information on Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name is available at wpr.org/veterans.
The Historical Society is grateful to Janke Book Store and to Compass Properties for their sponsorship of the History Speaks series. Bringing the Wisconsin Remembers exhibit to Wausau and the Welcome Reception are made possible through generous support from Cloverbelt Credit Union, American Legion Montgomery-Plant-Dudley Post 10, Elderon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8068, Edgar Memorial VFW Post, and Mosinee VFW Post 8733.