OPEN MESS GUEST SPEAKER 2007
Introduced by Scott Renkema
Scott Renkema, Vice of the Open Mess
James Campbell addresses the Open Mess
Our guest speaker for this year 30th annual Open Mess, was James Campbell a journalist, writer, outdoorsman and adventurer. During the Summer of 2006, Mr. Campbell retraced the steps of the 32’ from Port Moresby to Buna. The result was his critically-acclaimed new book, "The Ghost Mountain Boys", retelling the story of the Red Arrow Division coupled with his own experiences on the Kappa Kappa Trail. A documentary film that is due for release this Fall was previewed at our event. Copies of his book were for sale and autographing. “The Buna campaign in New Guinea was one of the most awful slogs of World War II and one of the least reported. Now we are fortunate to have James Campbell’s outstanding Ghost Mountain Boys illuminate the heroes of the 32 Division.” James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys.
For more, visit: www.ghostmountainboys.com
Mr. James Campbell honors our very distinguished list of Open Mess guest speakers
Speaker and Commandant share a lighthearted moment
Members and guests share a moment before talk by guest speaker
Commandant congratulates Richard Thorne, Executive Officer, as recipient of the Richard Dupon Memorial Award for "Capable and Outstanding Achievement Beyond the Call of Duty".
The Piper offers the traditional toast "to the President of the United States"
John Bornhofen receives recognition for his service as Commandant for 2006
Richard Foster and Don Hill received the award for their year-round displays at the monthly meetings. This year it was tie.
Past Commandants strike the pose. From left to right: Roger Schlosser, John Bornhofen, Mike Krushinsky, Carl Strom, Mark Petricevic, José Amorós, Tom Buettner, Bill Sefton, Jay Stone, Don Hill, Rick O'Beshaw, Boyd Conrad.
Mike Krushinsky, Open Mess Officer, hands our guest speaker the traditional memento
Magnificent display of Japanese WWII items by Roger Schlosser
Spanish-American War Items by José Amorós
WWI British Officer uniform by Mike Krushinsky
MICHIGAN COMPANY OF MILITARY HISTORIANS AND COLLECTORS