The Michigan Company of Military Historians and Collectors!

MEETINGS take place the second Monday of every month at the:
Downtown Holiday Inn, 310 Pearl NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504  (Free parking)
Socializing begins at 6:00, dinner at 7:00, business meeting, 7:15 and program at 8:00


Long time MCMH&C member John T. Reeves of Grand Rapids, age 93, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017 of pneumonia.
John was born in the Spring of 1924 in Lawrence, MI.
John served as an Army Air Force B-24 bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He graduated from the University of Michigan and worked as an Aerospace Engineer. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ila "Tudy" Reeves, son Jim (Kathy) Reeves, daughter Jodi Reeves, granddaughters Hope and Faith Reeves, stepson Clark (Helen) Rolf and several nephews and nieces. John was preceded in death by first wife Jo Anne Reeves, parents Louis O. and Mabel Reeves, and sisters Margaret Ann and Jeanne. John was devoted to good music, bad puns, gardening, cats, repairing things, WWII history (especially relating to airplanes), and giving loving guidance and strength to his family. He had a great sense of humor. He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, the CAF, the Cantata Choir and other groups. A visitation will be held Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 11am to 1 pm at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3215 4 Mile Road NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The memorial service with military honors will be held Monday, July 31 at 11 am at St. Luke's with an additional hour of visitation prior to the service. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to St Luke's Lutheran Church.


MCMHC Open Mess

November 11, 2017

Colonel Charles Kettles, who was awarded the Medal of Honor
last year for his actions in Vietnam, has agreed to be the 2017 Open Mess Speaker.  
He is a Michigan resident and has an impressive bio:

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles | Medal of Honor ...

The official U.S. Army website for Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic acts during the Vietnam War as a UH-1D helicopter pilot.


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

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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.
2016 - Jack D. Segal-Major-USA (ret.) and Consul-General of the USA (ret.)