Longtime Member and Former Company Commandant
passed away 11/26/15
Published in Grand Rapids Press on Nov. 29, 2016:
Donald Edward Hill aged 88 of Grand Rapids threw away his walker and is walking hand and hand with the Lord on Saturday, November 26th, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, two children, Sandra Drayton, Dennis Hill, four step children Sandra (John) Sicard, Cynthia Westfield, Melissa (Dawn) Voss-Hummel, and Andrew Voss, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Don retired from Steelcase. He was an avid military history buff/collector and a life time member of the Casino Club.
The Michigan Company of Military Historians and Collectors!
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The Michigan Company of Military Historians and Collectors (MCMHC) is a private organization dedicated to the observation and study of military history and to the memorialization of those involved in some of those historical moments. Our membership is composed of a cross section of society which includes combat veterans, non-veterans, professional and amateur historians, modelers and collectors. Membership is by invitation and election only. Some of our members are distinguished and recognized authorities in their fields of military history, others have experienced first hand some of the most momentuous times in military history, and the rest of us just wish we had. Military history as a discipline suffers from a kind of stygma. It is more often than not misunderstood as the realm of war lovers and warmongers. And yet, there is not one aspect of human history which either directly or indirectly can escape the study of military history. Many of our past and present advances in technology, medicine, and even our present social organization are connected in one way or another or due to some aspect of human conflict the subject of which is military history .
Members in good standing are welcome to invite prospective members to visit this website. As stated in our by-laws and constitution, "The purpose of this organization shall be to advance its members study and enjoyment of military history in all its facets."
For membership information please contact Kingman Davis, Chairman of the Membership Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Mess Speakers
1978 - Steve Richie - Vietnam Ace
1979 - Shigeo Imamura - Imperial Japanese Navy, Kamikaze Pilot
1980 - George Gay - Sole Survivor, Torpedo Squadron 8, Battle of Midway
1981 - Jack Hilger - Deputy Commander Doolittle Raid
1982 - Matt Urban - Most decorated US Serviceman
1983 - John Singlaub - USA Chief of Staff, Korea
1984 - Hanns Scharff - Chief Interrogator, Luftwaffe, WWII
1985 - Edwards Park - P-39 Pilot, Pacific Campaign
1986 - Werner Prange - Wehrmacht Infantryman, Eastern Front
1987 - William Billings - RAF Spitfire Pilot
1988 - Walter Scott - Battery Commander on Corregidor
1989 - William Sefton - 501st PIR, 101st Airborne, Normandy and Bastogne
1990 - Rev. George Wood - Chaplain - 82nd Airborne
1991 - Robert Ross - Dive Bomber Pilot, Pacific Campaign
1992 - Berendina Eman - Member of Dutch Resistance WWII
1993 - Ed Foster - 32nd Division, Buna Campaign, New Guinea
1994 - Ralph Hauenstein - Chief of Intelligence SHAEF
1995 - Don Jandernoa - USAAF, B-24 Pilot, 454th Bomber Group
1996 - Robert Johnson - USAAF, P-47 Ace, 56th Fighter Group
1997 - Joe Beyrle - 101st Airborne, Normandy, POW Escapee
1998 - Doug Canning - USAAF, P-38 Pilot, Admiral Yamamoto Mission
1999 - Horst Petzschler - Luftwaffe, ME-109 & FW-190A Ace
2000 - Walter J. Konantz - USAAF, P-51 Pilot, 55th Fighter Group
2001 - Donald R. Burgett - 101st Airborne, Normandy and Germany
2002 - Gordon J. Van Wylen - USN, USS Hardhead, Pacific
2003 - David “Tex” Hill - USAAF, P-40 Flying Tiger Ace, AVG!
2004 - Milo Flaten - USA, E Company, 116th Regiment, 29th Inf. Div, ETO
2005 - Joe Volmar - AHY, Luftwaffenhelfer, ME-163 Trainee
2006 - Roger Hall - OSS Instructor and Operative, ETO
2007 - James Campbell - author of The Ghost Mountain Boys
2008 - Mike Kuryla - USN, Coxswain and survivor of the USS Indianapolis
2009 - Karl Gelbke - 7th Fallschirmjäger Division, WWII
2010 - Chuck Pfarrer -USN, member SEAL TEAM 4 and 6, 1980s
2011 - Al Johnson - OSS Operative, ETO and China
2012 - Benjamin Busch - USMC, 4th LARB, Iraq 2003-2005
2013 - Brian Castner - USAF, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, Iraq
2014 - Lieutenant Colonel Wickliffe “Wick” Walker (U.S. Army, retired)
2015 - Felix Rodriguez, former CIA operative.
2016 - Jack D. Segal-Major-USA (ret.) and Consul-General of the USA (ret.)