In Honor of Veterans Day
Updated: Jan 31
While we honor our veterans as a nation, Wisconsin Missing Persons Advocacy honors veterans who have gone missing and their loved ones.
In 2017, Wisconsin passed Act 175 the act requires the Department of Justice provide law enforcement access to emergency alert systems such as broadcasters or outdoor advertisers in the event of a missing, at-risk veteran. If law enforcement receives a report of a missing veteran within 72 hours of their disappearance they are required to disseminate the information as quickly as possible if the veteran is at risk due to a physical or mental health condition, and if there is sufficient information that could assist in locating the missing veteran. As a system, this is called a Green Alert.
Veteran's face a unique set of risk factors that put them at great risk. 20% of veterans who served in Iran or Afghanistan have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 19.5% of the same group have experienced a traumatic brain injury. 25% of veterans meet criteria for a substance use disorder. Perhaps most jarring; only 50% of veterans who need mental health care receive it. The reasons for this range from stigma around seeking mental health treatment to long wait times for care or distance from a treatment center.
If you would like to know more about the challenges veterans face and support the cause, please visit the National Veterans Foundation website at: https://nvf.org
Below, please view the information on missing veterans in Wisconsin. If you have any information, please reach out to the corresponding law enforcement agencies.
Max Edward Metcalf US Airforce Missing as of 10/7/58 from Princeton, WI
Berlin Police Department
Kenneth Plaisted US Navy Veteran Missing since 11/16/71 from Milwaukee, WI
New Holstein Police Department
Frank Thomas Christensen US Air Force Airman Missing since 7/8/77 from Racine, WI
United States Air Force - Office of Special Investigations
Theodore Jost US Army Veteran Missing since 1980 from Amherst Junction, WI
Portage County sheriff's Office
Andrew Thomas Viater US Navy Veteran Missing since 1/22/80 from Ashland, WI
Ashland Police Department
Norbert "Tony" Dantzman US Veteran Missing since 8/30/19 from Winter, WI
Sawyer County Sheriff's Department
James Liedtka US Veteran Missing since 11/4/18 from Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Police Department
David Dodge US Navy Veteran Missing since 4/2/83 from Frederic, WI
Polk County Sheriff's Department
Howard Takenaka US Army Veteran Missing since 1/1/84 from Superior, WI
Douglas County Sheriff Office
Leo Paul Trabert US Army Veteran Missing since 4/9/92 from Wauwatosa, WI
Wauwatosa Police Dept.
Leonard Lawrence Rader Jr. Vietnam Veteran Missing since 4/1/98 from Superior, WI
Washburn County Sheriff's Office
John Edward Christoph US Navy Veteran Missing since 2/2002 from Madison, WI
Madison Police Department - West District
Phillip R Malchow WWII Veteran Missing since 5/6/1963 from Black River Falls, WI
Jackson County Sheriff's Office
National Veterans Foundation: https://nvf.org/ 2017 Wisconsin Act 175: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/lcactmemo/act175.pdf
Missing Veterans: http://www.missingveterans.com/category/missing/
More than a year later, family of missing Korean War veteran keeps searching https://www.weau.com/2021/01/10/more-than-a-year-later-family-of-missing-korean-war-veteran-keeps-searching/
Two Years Later: Veteran, UW-Stout student James Liedtka still missing https://www.wqow.com/news/local/two-years-later-veteran-uw-stout-student-james-liedtka-still-missing/article_3f560bcf-dd86-5d97-a2e3-1e87a39d8b75.html
David C Dodge - Missing since 1983 https://www.facebook.com/David-C-Dodge-Missing-since-1983-2331007090489338
Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children & Adults
Charley Project https://charleyproject.org/case/leo-paul-trabert