Michigan Military Heritage Museum

Michigan Military Heritage Museum "Where History Matters" Discover the Michigan Military Heritage Museum, and learn the stories of Pure Michigan Heroes! A National Endowment for the Humanities and Michigan Humanities H.O.P.E.

Grant Recipient for 2020. Founded in 2016 as a part of the Grass Lake Area Historical Connections to bring the rich history of Michigan's contributions in war and peace to life.

Grant Recipient for 2020. Founded in 2016 as a part of the Grass Lake Area Historical Connections to bring the rich history of Michigan's contributions in war and peace to life.

Mission: "To honor and preserve the legacy of Michigan's service members in peace and war..."

Operating as usual

Dank Memes Clan

We hope everyone is doing well this Monday morning! Here’s a free laugh on us courtesy of our Vice President Kevin who likes to find the humor in such things. He also has a question for anyone who would want to lend their input -

“Who else throws down to this absolute BANGER, this work of art of a song? I am dead serious 😂”

During times like these, it’s seems to be increasingly pretty important to share a little laugh every once in a while and lighten up!

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Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

In this week in military history, Dr. Havers looks back at the War of 1812 to explore the Battle of the Thames.

#Pritzker #Military #Museum #Library #Chicago #History #War #MilitaryHistory #OnThisDay #WarVideos #VideosOfWar #Warof1812 #BattleOfTheThames

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Next Tuesday, October 6th at 12 PM (CDT), Director of Museum Collections Dustin DePue hosts the first episode of our new virtual series – In the Armory!

In this premiere episode, Dustin will be comparing the Krag-Jorgenson rifle and the Springfield 1903 rifle. The Krag-Jorgenson rifle has the unique distinction of being the first smokeless powder rifle adopted by the U.S. Military as a primary battle rifle. It performed poorly during the Spanish American War in comparison to the Mauser rifles used by our enemies in Cuba and the Philippines. This directly led to the United States switching to the Springfield 1903 rifle, a copy of the Mauser design, which served in WWI as our primary battle rifle.

This program, to be streamed on our website and here on Facebook, will cover the differences in the rifle's designs, an explanation of their histories, particularly their use in two successive conflicts and what made them successful (or not).

U.S. Army Center of Military History

U.S. Army Center of Military History

French GEN Foch wanted to split the American units into French and British commands for the upcoming offensive, Pershing replied "As an American army and in no other way." Foch relented.
#Armyhistory #USArmy #WWI

UNSOLVED MYSTERY !!!!!Today we travel to the Normandy American Cemetery to visit the grave of Mr. Alfred W. Chaskin (Plo...

Today we travel to the Normandy American Cemetery to visit the grave of Mr. Alfred W. Chaskin (Plot A, Row 6, Grave 18). Of all the men and women buried in this cemetery, Alfred is most certainly the most mysterious one. Why ? Because Alfred had no connection with the U.S. Armed Forces. Alfred was born on January 29th 1887 in New York City and moved to Paris in 1912 where he lived until the outbreak of WWII. When the Germans invaded France, they arrested all the American citizens, which included Alfred who had re-issued his American passport in 1936. He was then sent to the internment Camp Ilag VII in Laufen (Germany) as a civilian internee. While incarcerated, Alfred became very sick and was transferred to the Hospital of Salzburg. Doctors detected a severe lung cancer, and on January 3rd 1944, Alfred died. He was then buried in a church cemetery in Salzburg. Following the war, the U.S. Army came across an unknown American grave marked X-7329. The Army conducted an investigation, discovered it was Alfred's remains and contacted his daughter. Living in Paris, his daughter requested that his remains be buried in France, so the Army proposed the Normandy American Cemetery, which she accepted. In 1948, Alfred was disinterred from the cemetery of Salzburg and transferred to Normandy. Why was Alfred buried in a military cemetery instead of a family plot or a cemetery in Paris ? The mystery remains !
Post by John, European correspondent for the MMHM.

Today we enjoyed a great visit from the American Legion Riders from Leslie Post 491! They have made us a regular stop on...

Today we enjoyed a great visit from the American Legion Riders from Leslie Post 491! They have made us a regular stop on their Summer rides and we thank them for the support and their service to our country!

World War One Centennial Commission

World War One Centennial Commission

#WWI 48-DAY COUNTDOWN, "Salute to the Canines of #WW1...."
The use of dogs in war is nothing new, but their role changed over time. In WWI dogs were used extensively by all sides, with different breeds managing different roles.

From ww1cc.org and Emily Green, Founder & Chief Editor of Doggie Designer, take a look at five specific breeds which played (sometimes outsized) roles for American and other military forces in #WW1 including: Doberman Pinscher, Boston Terrier, German Shepherd, Border Collies,and Mixed-Breed Terriers: https://bit.ly/3j7m8pL

Toll the “Bells of Peace” 11/11/2020, register here: https://bit.ly/2sN9ALC/

#veteransday #100daysoffensive #poppies #BellsOfPeace

THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE !!!Today we honour, salute and remember Sgt Darrell S. Cole (Park Hills, Missouri), an American h...

Today we honour, salute and remember Sgt Darrell S. Cole (Park Hills, Missouri), an American hero who sacrificed his life for his beloved country. During WWII, Darrell joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific with the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines. On February 19th, 1945, he was among the first wave of Marines who landed on Iwo Jima and confronted Japanese forces with so much courage. That's when heavy enemy fire pinned down his section and his machine gun jammed, so without hesitation, Darrell made a one-man attack (armed solely with a pistol and one grenade) against two Japanese gun emplacements. He then returned to his own lines for additional grenades and launched another solo attack. After destroying enemy positions, and allowing his comrades to move forward, Darrell was killed by a Japanese grenade. He was only 24 years old. For his courage and heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and in 1996, the U.S. Navy named a destroyer after him (USS Cole). Darrell is now resting in peace at Parkview Cemetery in Farmington, Missouri.
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Have you seen our WWI exhibit and trench? In it we feature stories, photos and artifacts from many nations and of course...

Have you seen our WWI exhibit and trench? In it we feature stories, photos and artifacts from many nations and of course Michigan stories. One such story is Captain Joe Bachus of Harbor Springs. Cpt. Bachus served in the Navy, the Marines and the Army before retiring as a Colonel after WWII. He was also a Panama Canal Zone Police Officer while it was being completed. He led and amazing life and you can come get a copy of "Into No Man's Land" a book about his life written by his Grandson Rich Bachus. You can also check out some other WWI related pop culture links in the comments below, and maybe add some of your own!

Come see our Colonel Young display.
International African American Museum

Come see our Colonel Young display.

Charles Young graduated from West Point Academy and later became the first African American superintendent of a U.S. national park.

It’s time to elevate his story and the entirety of the African American journey. Only when we fully reckon with the past will we repair the injustices of today. Become a Charter Member to build the International African American Museum, be part of this transformational moment in history—and rewrite the future.

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

#OnThisDay in 1947 the U.S. Air Force was officially established as one of the United State’s (now) eight federal uniformed services, separating from its ties to the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Initially formed as a part of the United States Army in August 1907, the U.S. Air Force was established as a separate branch of the Armed Forces with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. Existing within the Department of the Air Force, as one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense, the Air Force is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Air Force, who reports to the Secretary of Defense.

The five core missions of the Air Force have not changed dramatically since becoming independent in 1947, although they have evolved. Today, their core values are now articulated as air superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control. The purpose of all of these core missions is to provide what the Air Force views as global vigilance, global reach, and global power.

Today, the United States Air Force is comprised of roughly 320,000 active duty airmen which can be broken down to approximately 140,000 civilians, 70,000 reserve airmen, and 105,000 air national guard airmen.

You can learn more about the development and history of aviation on our website, just click this link: https://bit.ly/32Ha9ZU

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Monday, September 21st the Museum & Library will be joined by Sergeant Major Thomas P. Payne at 8 AM (CDT) for a Medal of Honor Interview.

Recently awarded the Medal of Honor on September 11th, Sergeant Major Payne sits down with Dr. Rob Havers for a discussion of his life, career, service, and actions that led to him receiving this nation’s highest honor. The events that led to his recent accolade are inspiring and should serve as an example to all service members nationwide.

Learn more about Sgt. Major Payne, his gallantry, and this program on our website: http://bit.ly/PayneMOH

Pennsylvania Military Museum

Pennsylvania Military Museum

The Field Kitchen

"While fueling the kitchen's ovens was typically accomplished via a wood fire that was tendered in the large square box at the rear of the kitchen, lacking wood, any combustible material would suffice - especially with an accelerant."

To learn more, click the link the comments below.

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

In this week in military history, Dr. Havers looks back at World War II to the largest airborne operation in history - Operation Market Garden.

#Pritzker #Military #Museum #Library #Chicago #History #MilitaryHistory #Military #WarHistory #UnitedStates #OnThisDay #War #WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #WorldWarTwo #WWII #WW2

THE ONE AND ONLY !!!!!Today we honour, salute and remember Walker "Bud" Mahurin, an American hero who fought for our fre...

Today we honour, salute and remember Walker "Bud" Mahurin, an American hero who fought for our freedom in the skies. Born on December 5th 1918, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Bud is the only USAAF pilot who shot down enemy aircrafts in both the European and Pacific Theaters.....and in the Korean War !!! In November 1943, during a single raid on Bremen (Germany), Bud shot down three enemy aircrafts. The following year, in France, he got hit by German anti-aircraft fire and was forced to bail out from his P-47 Thunderbolt. With the help of the French Resistance, Bud managed to return to England, and was transferred to the Pacific Theater. He then fought in the Philippines where he once destroyed a Japanese bomber. A few years later, Bud served his beloved country in the Korean War where he shot down many enemy aircrafts. But on May 13th 1952, he got hit by North Korean anti-aircraft fire and was captured. Bud spent the next 16 months at a North Korean POW camp where he was subjected to psychological and physical torture. This true American hero survived the war and returned to the United States. Colonel Walker "Bud" Mahurin passed away on May 11th 2010, and is now resting in peace at Arlington National Cemetery.
Post by John, European correspondent for the MMHM.

Did you know the MMHM has a Cold War exhibit? Well, here is a small look at one of our stories. Captain Mike Fensler was...

Did you know the MMHM has a Cold War exhibit? Well, here is a small look at one of our stories. Captain Mike Fensler was a USAF Officer working on Minuteman Missiles. He was stationed in Guam, Montana, Utah and several other places during his career. Shown here are his "crew blues" a fatigue uniform in blue to be worn for daily duty. Want to know more? Stop in and see the rest of the exhibit and the other service members featured. Want to do some homework? You can look in the comment section for some pop culture links to Cold War books, movies and music!

SEARCHING FOR WILLIAM !!!!Over the past 75 years, the Dutch have been taking care of the graves of the 8,301 American he...

Over the past 75 years, the Dutch have been taking care of the graves of the 8,301 American heroes buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten. To honour and remember these young men who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, a wonderful project named "The Faces of Margraten" was launched to find and display a picture of these heroes (next to their graves). The Dutch are currently searching for a picture of Sgt William J. Steudle, a true American hero from Michigan. William was born on February 28, 1915, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but grew up in the Bay City area. He was the son of Henry J. Steudle and Alice O. (Gallagher) Steudle, and his siblings were James H., Rose L., Jack, and Robert W. In 1942, William was living in Bay City and worked for Chevrolet Motor Company. This true American hero served with the 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division, and was killed in action on November 22, 1944, near Beeck, Germany. If any of you locate a picture of William, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]. Together, let's make sure this hero from Michigan is never forgotten. Thank you so much.
Post by John, European correspondent for the MMHM.

Sabin Howard Sculpture

Sabin Howard Sculpture

The first 11 figures of the national world war one memorial are headed to the foundry

U2 - Walk On (9/11 Tribute)

On this day... 19 years ago....

246 people boarded their morning flights.

2,606 people went to work in the morning.

343 firefighters prepared for their morning shift.

60 police officers prepared for morning patrol.

8 paramedics prepared for the morning shift.

None of them saw past 10:00 a.m. on Sept 11, 2001.

In one single moment life may never be the same. Never take one second of your life for granted.

We thought about using the video "Have You Forgotten" from 2003, but in looking at recent events the answer to that seems clear. So take a moment, listen to the voices from 2001 and remember those we lost this day 19 years ago. We have not forgotten and today we remember Meredith Lynn Whalen from Canton MI.

Meredith Lynn Whalen wanted to be a successful portfolio manager and then the owner of a horse farm in Kentucky. And between those goals, she planned to cram in a lot of travel, including many cruises.

Ms. Whalen, 23, was a research associate at Fred Alger Management on the 93rd floor of 1 World Trade Center. She grew up in Canton, Mich., where she learned to ride and cheerfully cleaned out stalls. She graduated from the University of Michigan Business School in 2000. She had worked the summer before her senior year at Goldman Sachs in London but decided she wanted to work for a smaller firm, where she thought she would get more intense training.
MMHM Board member Scott attended middle and high school with her older Sister Kristen.

This video was created with MTV as a tribute to the victims, families, friends and heroes of September 11 2001. Explore the music of U2: https://U2.lnk.to/Li...

U.S. Army Center of Military History

U.S. Army Center of Military History

#TBT #Armyhistory #USArmy

Today we look back at that popular anti-tank weapon with the Funny name---The BAZOOKA!

The M1 Bazooka is also referred to as the "Stovepipe," was among the first generation of rocket-propelled anti-tank weapons and were introduced to combat by the U.S. in 1942.

Featuring a solid-propellant rocket for propulsion, it allowed for high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warheads to be delivered against armored vehicles, machine gun nests, and fortified bunkers at ranges beyond that of a standard thrown grenade or mine.

The name "Bazooka"was coined by Maj. Gen. Gladeon M. Barnes during the testing of the weapon and noted its resemblance to the musical instrument called a "bazooka" invented and popularized by 1930s U.S. comedian Bob Burns.

During #WWII, the Germans and Japanese captured some of these and developed their own versions. After issuing a few improved versions during WWII the new "Super Bazooka" was introduced in Korea and used in the early years of Vietnam before being replaced by the M67 Recoiless Rifle and the M72 LAW.

Due to the popularity of the name, Bazooka is still often used as a generic name of any shoulder fired ground to ground weapon such as rocket propelled grenade launchers and recoiless rifles.

What are you memories with the Bazooka?

World War One Centennial Commission

World War One Centennial Commission

#WWI 64-DAY COUNTDOWN, "Red Cross in 1918"... by the Armistice of 1918, the American Red Cross had grown from humble numbers when the conflict erupted in Europe in 1914, to one which included donors or volunteers numbering approx. 20 million adults and 11 million youths.

Shown here: A wounded soldier gets a warm smile from a red cross worker; Red Cross Motor Corps workers transport flu patients in St. Louis, Fall 1918. Red Cross photo collection US National Archives.

Toll the “Bells of Peace” 11/11/2020, register here: http://ww1cc.org/bells

#veteransday #100daysoffensive #poppies #BellsOfPeace

THE ONLY CROSS !!!!!Today, we travel to Le Mans (northwestern France) and visit the "Le Mans West Cemetery" where 61 Com...

Today, we travel to Le Mans (northwestern France) and visit the "Le Mans West Cemetery" where 61 Commonwealth soldiers of the Great War and 97 Commonwealth soldiers of WWII are buried. Among all these Commonwealth headstones, there is a single white cross for an American hero. His name is Robert "Bob" W. Huter and he was born on September 19th 1912 in Chicago, Illinois. As a proud member of the 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, Bob landed on Utah Beach on August 3rd 1944, and put his life on the line to liberate Europe. When the town of Le Mans was liberated, this American hero fell in love with a French woman named Thérèse. Bob had to carry on fighting, but the couple frequently wrote to each other. Following the war, Bob decided to stay in Europe and continue his service in the U.S. Army. He was then based in Liège (Belgium) and asked Thérèse to join him, which she did. In 1946, they became the proud parents of a little boy named Joseph, and in January 1947, Robert and Thérèse got married. The little family was planning to visit Bob's mother in the United States, but on August 9th 1947, just a few days before their departure, Bob was killed in a jeep accident. He was then buried at the "Le Mans West Cemetery" in the hometown of his wife.
Post by John, European correspondent for the MMHM.


153 N. Union St
Grass Lake, MI

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We are a military museum located at 153 N. Union St in Grass Lake, Michigan.

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Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00


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The Michigan Military Heritage Museum was founded in 2016 in Grass Lake and exists to bring to life the rich history of Michigan's contributions in war and peace. Although we do focus heavily on the involvement of Michigan in the U.S Military; we have artifacts from all over the world, and from many different time periods. We truly strive to be "Where History Matters", and we look forward to meeting you all soon!

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Hello! What information do you have on Lt. Frank W. Cheek? Please see the banner in the photo. Thank you.
I will be attending the open house and Medal of Honor Presentation program Feb 29th. My Great-Grandfather, Peter J Sype, won the MoH for heroism in the Civil War, Vicksburg battle Attached is the officers report from the battle
Sally Nye, a member of the Otsego Area Historical Society, stands next to an exhibit on display at the museum this weekend (December 7, 2019) honoring the American service members involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her uncle, George Sheffer, is entombed on the U.S.S. Arizona, sunk during the attack —the only such person from Otsego, Michigan to die in the battle.
Happy Veteran's Day to all of our warriors! Thank you for your service to our country! https://www.facebook.com/1579835151/posts/10218409362016932/
this place does the underrated task of keeping the legacy of those who have served/their actions alive and well. Fantastic events and workshops too. I have to pass along a recommendation of the new film Above the Best. Based on Apache pilot Daniel Flores' autobiography , the documentary gives the audience an honest look into life overseas as he completes his fnal tour of Afghanistan. Should check the trailer out on their website
I've written a novel about our Michigan boys in the Civil War. I thought you might like it:
Some video of the River Raisin Ragtime Band
Please check your dates for the August event. A flyer says August 3 and 5 ar both Saturday.
Are you open today, SUNSAY? I tried to call both phone numbers but no answer.
We had a wonderful visit yesterday. This place is a gem. So enjoyed seeing all the WW1 uniforms that heretofore, I've only seen in black and white photos.