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Soldier who fought in Spanish-American War honored by Minnesota Military Museum

CAMP RIPLEY - The Minnesota Military Museum will honor Cpl. Joseph Vosika, a member of the 13th Minnesota and 36th Infantry, U.S. Volunteers from the Spanish-American War, as the featured Veteran of the Month Exhibit for October.

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Cpl. Joseph Vosika. Vosika was born in Bohemia in 1872. He moved to the United States and settled in Minneapolis. In April of 1898 he enlisted in Company "F" of the 13th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and went on to see service in the Philippines during the Spanish American War.

CAMP RIPLEY - The Minnesota Military Museum will honor Cpl. Joseph Vosika, a member of the 13th Minnesota and 36th Infantry, U.S. Volunteers from the Spanish-American War, as the featured Veteran of the Month Exhibit for October.

Vosika was born in Bohemia in 1872. He moved to the United States and settled in Minneapolis. In April of 1898 he enlisted in Company "F" of the 13th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and went on to see service in the Philippines during the Spanish American War.

He served with that unit until 1899, when he mustered out of the 13th Minnesota and enlisted in "I" Company of the 36th U.S. Volunteers. While serving in the Philippines he was involved in several campaigns, battles and expeditions. After active hostilities, he became a member of the Provost Guard, which was tasked with maintaining order in Manila and the surrounding area. He was mustered out of the service in March of 1901. Vosika was actively involved in Spanish American War Veterans organizations, and attended many reunions with his old units.

After his military service Vosika worked as an engineer on a logging train, was an electric streetcar motorman in Minneapolis, and finally in 1912 started a long career as a patrolman for the Minneapolis Police Department. He retired from the police department in 1938. He enjoyed fishing and spending time at the family cabin on Cedar Lake near Andover. Vosika passed away on Jan. 3, 1960.

The public is invited to visit the entire exhibit on Corporal Vosika. The museum represents all branches of the service and honors Minnesota veterans and military history from the states frontier days to today. The Minnesota Military Museum is located just inside the gates of Camp Ripley and is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. every Thursday and Friday from October through April and supports pre-arranged tours seven days a week.

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Cpl. Joseph Vosika
Cpl. Joseph Vosika. Vosika was born in Bohemia in 1872. He moved to the United States and settled in Minneapolis. In April of 1898 he enlisted in Company "F" of the 13th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and went on to see service in the Philippines during the Spanish American War.

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