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:
 https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/kettles/

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles | Medal of Honor ...

www.army.mil

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.

 

MCMH&C
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.)