passed away 02/05/17
From the Grand Rapids Press Obituary 2/7/17:
Carl John Strom, age 95, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2017. He was preceded in death by his sister Betty Hummel; brother, Edward Strom II, and son-in-law Leonard Dryer. He is survived by his beloved wife, Eleanor; daughters Sandra (Leonard) Dryer and Terrie (Jeff) Adcock; 6 grandchildren Mark Dryer (Gary Hansen), Kimberly (David) Tikkanen, Laura (Dan) Cosgrove, Dawn (Tony) Hathaway, Noelle (Pat) Gillies, and Brian (Gem) Obermiller. Great-grandchildren Aaron, Kodi, Maggie, David, and Patrick. And 3 great great grandchildren; sister Patricia (Jack) Murphy and many nieces and nephews and cousins. Born to Bertha and Major Edward Strom on May 1, 1921. Carl enjoyed happy childhood days living in Grand Rapids and graduating from Central High School in 1941. One flirtatious wink in history class brought him the love of his life Eleanor Klunder, sweetly known as "George". Eventually they married and enjoyed 75 years together. Upon entering the military in 1942, Carl fulfilled a lifelong dream of following in the footsteps of his father, a decorated officer who received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in the Great War. As 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, 141st Infantry Regiment, U.S. 36th Division Carl fought valiantly in Italy and France during WWII. Most notably in the battle of the Rapido River near Monte Cassino, Italy. He commanded a company and negotiated a cease fire to retrieve wounded soldiers. While his courage and sacrifice earned him battlefield commendations and the Purple Heart, he was humble, concerned only with bringing attention and honor to those who gave their lives for our freedom. Entering civilian life, he was personnel manager at Bissell Carpet Sweeper Co. In later years, their travel company Tripmasters afforded Carl and Ellie the opportunity to escort many groups of veterans back to places where they fought in France & Italy and honoring U.S. and Allied service men & women at the many memorials. They actively participated in the various Midwest and national reunions of the fighting 36th Texas Division. Carl was a longtime member of the Michigan Historian's Club. He found enduring joy spending many happy times with family, close and extended, as well as with friends from around the world. He treasured most his family, valued hard work, love of country and his home on Little Myers Lake. His incredible zest for life, positive spirit, generosity, humor and quick wit will be dearly missed by his family. The family would like to extend gratitude to the staff of Hope Network, Heather Hills Care Center and Heartland Hospice. A time of visitation will be held at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017. A funeral service will be held at Pederson Funeral Home on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. There will also be a 1 hour visitation prior to the service. Memorial contributions can be made in Carl's honor to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans 3000 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
The Michigan Company of Military Historians and Collectors!
Check out the "For the Good of the Company" page for a
great series of videos on British Mess traditions!
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 email@example.com
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.)