2016 Open Mess

Saturday, November 12 at Boulder Creek CC

You are cordially invited to attend the 2016 Open Mess of the Michigan Company of Military Historians and Collectors.  Join us for a unique social evening patterned after a traditional British regimental “Ladies Dining-In-Night,” with a bit of ceremony, a piper and a round of toasts, along with a great dinner, good company and an entertaining guest speaker.

THE DATE:              
Saturday, November 12, 2016

THE PLACE:           
Boulder Creek Golf Club

5750 Brewer NE

Belmont, Michigan 49306


THE TIME:                           
Cocktails at 6:00 PM - Dinner at 7:00 PM

Rev. Thomas Bradley

THE DRESS:                         
Gentlemen: Suit or Jacket
Ladies: Semi-Formal Attire

Jack D. Segal-Major-USA (ret.) and Consul-General of the USA (ret.)

A reading of this year’s Open Mess guest presenter’s bio arguably makes him a candidate for a genuine ‘most interesting man in the world’. The guy in the beer commercial doesn’t hold a candle by comparison.

Jack’s military career began after being commissioned as an Army infantry officer upon completion of Infantry Officer Candidate School. During two tours of Vietnam Jack was awarded a Bronze Star and two Meritorious Service Medals. After Vietnam Jack’s Army career continued in Germany in various capacities.

In 1977, Jack resigned his Army commission and became a Foreign Services Officer with the U.S. diplomatic service. Eventually, Jack became involved in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) in 1985 with the Soviet Union. After that assignment, our speaker became the U.S. Chief of Political/Military Affairs in Israel, becoming intimately knowledgeable of that region’s issues.

 Between 1992 and 1995, Jack spearheaded the establishing of the U.S. Consulate General office in Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Russia. Jack’s growing expertise on Russia led to his promotion to the Senior Foreign Services dealing with that region. Afghanistan was his next major stop as Chief Political Advisor to NATO’s operational commander.

 Armed with his incredible background, Jack will talk on some of the major foreign policy issues confronting the USA. They include: What is Putin up to? Is NATO still necessary? How can we defeat Islamic extremism? Is Afghanistan still important? Our ‘most interesting man in the world’ will certainly enlighten you on these topics and more. Please join us.


Longtime member
Karl P. Lowenberg, age 78, of West Olive, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016
at Battle Creek Medical Center.

The son of Leslie & Louise (Cookingham) Lowenberg, he was born on June 14, 1938 in Utica, NY.

The Michigan Company of Military Historians and Collectors!

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 kuziaks@me.com

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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.

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