It’s the soldiers’ stories that are the keys behind the mission of the Michigan Military Heritage Museum at 153 N. Union Street in the community of Grass Lake. Opening in November of 2016, thousands of people from all over the county have visited the Museum to take in the artifacts, stories, letters home, uniforms, equipment and other memorabilia in the Museum’s vast collection, including a cannon from the Revolutionary War. Ultimately it may feature as well a restored World War I ambulance if the Museum doesn’t run out of space first.
Other highlights include a uniform from actor George Peppard Jr. Born in Detroit in 1928, Peppard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in July of 1946 and rose to the rank of corporal in the 10th Marine Division, and served until 1948. Then there’s the story of Frederick Nock Jr., who served during World War II in the 334th Infrantry’s 84th Division when his unit captured a German soldier. Nock tried on the German uniform for a picture, and that uniform now resides at the Michigan Military Heritage Museum alongside a number of other uniforms and equipment pieces from a number of Michigan military service members and area Veterans.
Hours can be spent just taking in all the interesting items held at the Museum, but even if you can’t get it all in on one visit, watch the Museum’s facebook page for upcoming features, presentations and special events. The Museum is on facebook at Michigan Military Heritage Museum,or, on Grass Lake Historical Connections website at www.glahc.com. Group tours can be arranged by appointment by call (517) 926-6696.