A Hero To All: John Gilman

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Social activist.  Civil rights supporter.  Writer.  Organizer.  War hero.  John Gilman could be described in a million different ways, but his family remembered him as “proud”.  Gilman, a decorated veteran of World War Two, passed away in April of 2011, but his story is revisited frequently for a multitude of reasons.  Either for his extensive war record, a dedication to the civil rights movement, or his tireless work towards a fairer world for the worker.  He’s truly how People’s World described him: “Milwaukee’s Finest”.

“His tenacious activism for peace, civil rights, democracy and social justice will be missed. He was a well-known organizer for U.S.-Cuba friendship, an end to the embargo, normalized relations and freedom for the Cuban Five. In 2004, Cuba honored Gilman with the Cuban Medal of Friendship.”

To read more about John Gilman’s amazing and inspiring life, please visit the following links:

WWII hero John Gilman took on racism, fought for civil rights (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

A Memory For Wisconsin In John Gilman’s Life (Milwaukee Area Labor Council)

Milwaukee’s finest: the amazing story of John Gilman (People’s World)

Purchase John Gilman’s Memoir, Footsoldier for Peace and Justice, at select local retailers or through People’s World (see the end of the article for more information)

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