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Posted 3 years ago


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I so remember having to go through check points to get to hospital I have shown in 2nd photo a actual check stop by National Guard at the time . I was given this card and you better have it on you at all times . It was a sad time in our history and no I never rioted . But as a Nurse I could pass through riot area's that is what this card was for to show troops . I have covered my name and SS number :-) It is time I will not forget . How many had these passes and do you remember them ?

The 1960's were full of turmoil across the country. War, assassinations, and rioting threw Milwaukee Police Officers in the middle of
violent clashes as battle erupted on the streets. Open housing marches went on for 200 nights in a row. Anti-war protesters on
Milwaukee's east side clashed with officers at Water Tower Park and Brady Street. Riots tore at the inner-city neighborhoods. During all
of this MPD officers did their best to prevail and keep the peace. This was during Vietnam War and I became a Nam Nurse shortly after this pass was issued .
Riots were also for racial equality
The 16th Street Bridge, also known as the 16th Street Viaduct, links Milwaukee's North Side to the South Side. This bridge was considered the "Mason-Dixon Line" of Milwaukee, separating the city's white and black communities. During the 1960s, blacks resided on the city's North Side while the city's South Side was overwhelmingly occupied by whites. On Monday, August 28, 1967, close to 200 NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Youth Council members and supporters marched across the bridge to the South Side's Kosciuszko Park. Upon reaching the South Side, marchers were greeted by a hostile crowd of thousands of white counterprotesters. The violent crowd hurled eggs, rocks, and bottles at Youth Council members. The following night, the Youth Council marched again to the South Side. This time they were confronted by even more hecklers. Some counterdemonstrators held up signs and posters with derogatory messages on them while others continuously pelted hard objects at the young marchers. In 1988, Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and the Milwaukee Common Council renamed the 16th Street Bridge the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge. EM
( this site shows check points and what they looked like )


  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Lisa :-)
  2. packrat-place packrat-place, 3 years ago
    amazing story, thank you very much for sharing.
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks Packrat . It was rather a scary time for me as young as I was to pass through all the military stations on way to hospital . They took it very serious at check points and when your all alone in a car with that many people checking you it was un nerving and then you had to pass through protesters . It all turned out and changed my views on life ,war, segregation and many things . Thanks for the love
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you mrmaj and bratjdd :-)
  5. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    Thanks for sharing this! When you come right down to it our memories are probably the best "collectables."
  6. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    I think we are all collectible toolate :-) do they have a category for us ? Thank you for nice comment we all have memories to share and hopefully the young generation will learn from what we saw and did .
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Thrifty !
  8. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 3 years ago
    You are welcome ! TG
  9. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Bellin :-)
  10. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago
    Never had to go though one of these kind of stops, good thing you looked so sweet and innocent, and not one to criticize but were you THAT sweet and innocent as your photo shows ??? :~)) Phil
  11. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    A girl never tells Phil :-) keep them guessing is my motto :-) But I never gave a guy a funky tie either :-) I was in my Presely Presley look and dyed my hair if that makes me no to sweet . I went to work at 15 Phi; graduated Nursing school the first time at 19 and then went back for 2nd degree , I never had time to get in much trouble till now :-)
  12. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks AR that means alot to me you could see the history behind the post :-)
  13. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you vetraio50 !
  14. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you oleg and ttom :-)
  15. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    Thank you for sharing your story Mani. Though this all occurred before my time, and in some ways beyond how I see the world, we need these stories to be passed along. I hope the world moves forward to a better place.
  16. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Amber :-) even though you aged me lol . It was a story like I said that changed my view on many things and we can only hope it shows how out of hand rioting can be and that maybe we can change the world one person at a time so we all can live in harmony . Thank you Amber for stopping by my post always glad to see you and hear from you :-)
  17. Love.anything.old Love.anything.old, 3 years ago
    You are one of the most interesting and well versed persons I have ever encountered and you tell your stories very eloquently. Thank you for your service to this country. Lao
  18. officialfuel officialfuel, 3 years ago
    Manikin, Manikin, Manikin what a story! You had me right there on the street next to that 59 Cadillac at the stoplight getting searched and asking for my id. Glad you made it through that time in your life! What a memory to share with us! Thank you for your service young lady!! :-)

  19. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks for sharing-- such a fascinating time!

  20. Militarist Militarist, 3 years ago
    Great history Manikin, you got it all except the nic-name for the viaduct. Do you remember it being called "the world's longest bridge" because it went from Africa to Poland.
  21. kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Great History, Glad to have read this and glad you've survived it all to tell us your events unfolded. Thanks for sharing Mani. :-)
  22. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 3 years ago
    Hey Manikin, thank you for sharing your story ! I was a little bit younger then but I do remember seeing it on the news. We lived in Jacksonville, Florida during that time and I really don't remember alot going on locally. Parents might have kept me away from it. My father was an alcoholic when he was young, so we had alot of drama going on in our house then ! Oh yeah, I love that hairdo ! ( Had to put that in ). Talk to you later, TG
  23. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    PS. Another great hair shot Mani. :))

    Have a wonderful Saturday. Rainy here.
  24. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 3 years ago
    Thank you very much for sharing this captivating account with us. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to encounter this in one's 'own backyard'.

    ...Beautiful photo of a kind soul.
  25. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    It is hard for me to put that into context, I was playing with my Tonka toys, & you were having to go through check points on your way too work. There is not much that I can say that hasn't already been said so eloquently in the earlier posts.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  26. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you all for all the super comments and love ! I appreciate it
  27. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Militarist I don't remember viaduct being called that but I do get why it may have been nick named so . Are you in Milwaukee too ?
  28. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Official always the gentleman you called me young lady :-) Thank you !!!!:-)
    It was a part of history that many did know about , I guess Thrifty heard about in down in Florida . I did not own a TV at time so I had no idea what kind of coverage it recieved .
  29. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    love. anything .old thank you so much your words are so kind . I am just a regular person and lots of CW people have great stories to tell we just need them to post them for all of us :-) Thank you again . Always happy to see you on one of my posts .
  30. Love.anything.old Love.anything.old, 3 years ago
    Manikin. I am so happy I came upon the CW site. I do so enjoy all of the postings and how much they mean to those who post and how they are willing to share old memories and new memories with us all. Lao
  31. Militarist Militarist, 3 years ago
    No, not any more. I was born and raised there, 22nd and Hadley, until high school. After graduating from UWM I left town only returning to visit friends and go to collecting shows. The town has changed so much that I need to get directions at times. I would only make two more observations to your historical write up; the rioters were just criminals but the marchers were surprisingly well behaved. I worked at Trostel Tanning at the time of the riot and most if not all of my black co-workers were just as horrified as the whites, maybe even more so since the action was in their neighborhoods.
  32. toolate2 toolate2, 3 years ago
    I've loved this again! It deserves it!!
  33. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you toolate :-) I appreciate it !
  34. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Militarist I worked 2nd shift and got off work at midnight . The quards took it serious if you were out then . I did not live in Milwaukee but had to go there to work . I lived in suburbs and I had to pass through National quard again whenI left freeway to get into my town . Lots of stops . I agree the people doing most of damage were criminal type . Now I ask did people come out to get a tan during all this :-) I sure didn't . So nice to meet someone that was from my neck of woods . I have not gone to Milwaukee in so many years I would directions and a GPS and a driver :-) That is to much traffic for me . Do you remember the smell of the yeast when you exited off freeway into city ?
  35. Militarist Militarist, 3 years ago
    Yes Manikin, I remember it well, that was the Red Star Yeast Company and the express way into downtown heading east went right past the place! Traffic now-a-days even in the off hours is like rush hour traffic of the 1960's I remember the one road block I hit early in the morning before I knew what was happening. They told me about the curfew and ordered me back home. I think Mayor Maier did a really good job and kept the situation from getting much worse than it was.
  36. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Militarist Yes I think it was his quick response that got things under control much faster . I still think of Milwaukee when I smell yeast . geez a person could have got intoxicated on that heavy smell :-)
  37. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Hunter :-)
  38. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 3 years ago
    Hey Manikin, I just wanted to give you another "love" on your posting ! Haven't talked to you lately so I wanted to "holla" at ya ! Talk to you later, TG !
  39. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Hiya Thrifty ! Thanks for stopping to say hi. I know we haven't crossed pathes in a bit but so glad to see ya :-))))))))) givin' a hollar right back atcha !
  40. WinterWolf WinterWolf, 3 years ago
    Gee Manikin -- YOU got to see more action that I did in Vietnam! Glad YOU survived too. I've always had a "thing" for nurses. Married two of 'em.... LOL
  41. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Winter :-) Glad you were safe during Nam ! I might have passed you and said Hi though . I hope you are not married to 2 nurses LOL I assume one is not in picture anymore . Nurses make good spouses anyway my husband thinks so :-) Thanks for stopping by my post and leaving a nice comment I appreciate it . And Thank You for your service !
  42. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you eye4beauty and same to you ! That was awfully nice note I appreciate it :-)
  43. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you toolate :)
  44. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Musik !
  45. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you collector4evr ,potrero l appreciate the love !
  46. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you lundy and vetraio50 for the love on this post :-)
  47. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Seems I forgot to hit the love button before !~
  48. nldionne nldionne, 2 years ago
    Love the big hair:). Thanks so much for sharing Manikin.
  49. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Phil for hitting the love :-)))))))))) Was a rough time when this was taken .
    Thank you so much nldionne, Yes big hair it was last time in my life I had short hair . But due to my work I had to have it short . Thanks again for the love !
  50. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
    Thank you for stopping I added a great question to this post :-)
  51. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
    I hope some will take time to read the nurses answer to how much do you make !
  52. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 months ago
    I love it when you say: "I think we are all collectible :-) do they have a category for us ? "

    By the way, so cute ;)

    And thanks for the great story!!!
  53. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 months ago
    I like what you added Sis, I'm sure you were one of the best!
  54. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 months ago
    I never had that card but I did attend many riots....I was active duty back then and part of a detachment that flew out of Fort Dix to control rioters. It wasn't fun duty. The black panther trials security was the worst. Although the night Martin Luther King was killed I was in Oakland and came as close to being killed as I ever did in Vietnam. Believe it or not a black prostitute saved my butt. Where she came from or why will always be a mystery. Funny how people react in that kind of a situation. She went from her profession to helping people. She must have been quite a lady....yes I said LADY.
  55. pops52 pops52, 8 months ago
    Thanks for sharing this with us Manikin!
  56. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
    fhr when times are troubled I think the good comes out of most of us . She was your Angel that day ! I got my name by a nam guy withdrawing from heroin and PTSD and to this day it is only name my family calls me . He Said I needed a nice name because at that time they only knew your last name if a patient . He taught me to play pool too . Out of troubles times I will never forget him and held his hand while he was given electric shock therapy . Well I did let go when they pulled the trigger but he was scared young man . xoxo
  57. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
    Thank you Bro I think that describes most Nurses but I will say a few don't fit it :-)
  58. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 months ago
    There are a few that lack the skills, in it for a pay check or pension, I think.
    A smile, hug or a hand held go a long way to comforting someone.
  59. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 8 months ago
    Great history, memories help to never forget.
    Thanks so much for share Manikin.
    (You so pretty)!
  60. Manikin Manikin, 6 months ago
    Thank you Virgina ! Your always so kind in your comments what a pleasure to get to know you :-)

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