The great wave of Danish immigration in the second half of the twentieth century included both veterans of the American Civil War and survivors of the disastrous Dano-Prussian War of 1864. Mark Hansen, who had settled in Omaha, recognized both how much military veterans shared, and how much they needed each other. With this understanding he founded the Danske Vaabenbrødre (“Danish Brothers in Arms”). Several similar groups developed during this period, and five of these groups gathered to form a national association of Danish American veterans. However, the scope of the new organization did not stop there. There was an almost immediate realization that there were thousands of Danish American men who, although not military veterans, also wanted and needed to be part of a group of “honorable men, born of Danish parents, or who were of Danish extraction.” Thus, in 1882 the Vaabenbrødre was transformed into the Danish Brotherhood in America, the DBIA. William Wind of Racine, Wisconsin was elected the first president of the group.