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Installations

There are many military installations such as forts, bases, missile parks, shipbuilders and dockyards throughout the great lakes.  Here is what we are writing about lately.

  • Camp Ripley: Past and Present Alex AkermannCamp RipleyFort Ripley Creation Camp Ripley, otherwise known as Fort Ripley, started out its life as a fort in 1849 as a frontier army garrison. With its location on the upper Mississippi ...
  • Fort Ontario Used for Hiding Refugees Jayme MasonIn the 20th century Fort Ontario had become a deactivate as a military fort, but was still actively in use by the military. Towards the end of the way when ...
  • The River Rouge Complex, WWI Terry GregorickaDuring WWI, German U-boats were destroying United States Navy Ships. At the time the United States had no submarine chasers. The Navy destroyers were managing but not very well and ...
  • Riverview, MI Nike Missile Base Jack YoungbloodDiversion of Soviet planes carrying nuclear bombs was the purpose of the 275 Nike Missile bases in the U.S. (Nike Historical Society 2016, pg 1). Introduction of nuclear bombs created ...
  • Photos of Camp Germfask Steven WaltonGermfask 1 copyThere is not a great deal of collected memorabilia related to Camp Germfask during its time as a CCC and POW camp in the 1930s and 40s, though certainly scraps ...
  • The Beginning for The Red Arrow, 32nd Infantry Max SmithThe 32nd Division, known as the ‘Red Arrow’, was a division of the army made up by the National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin. As rivals these men did not ...
  • The Trade History of Fort Michilimackinac Luke Cordes  Fort Michilimackinac played a pivotal role in the Northwestern fur trading industry from its founding in 1715, up to its abandonment in 1783 . Originally built by the French, Fort ...
  • Calumet National Guard Armory Natalie McGrath1431st Engineer Company training in Hohenfels, Germany107th Engineering Battalion The 107th Engineer Battalion is a National Guard reserve component stationed across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It commands the 1430th out of Gladstone, MI, 1431st, out of ...
  • Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center Tony DiCiccoThe Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena Michigan was first established in 1940. This installation was not always a base, however, as it was originally home to an airport, which ...
  • Michigan College of Mining and Technology, Sault S… Tom SpicuzzaDecommissioned U.S. military forts are usually repurposed as museums or monuments for the public to see.  Fort Brady, however, had an entirely different purpose after the U.S. Army was finished ...
  • Camp Hindenburg Lucas GrulkeIntroduction “In the years between the World Wars when National Socialism under Adolf Hitler was transforming Germany, a dedicated group of German-American citizens and expatriated German nationals were busy trying to ...
  • Willow Run Rough Start Mark SchlaxJanuary 1942 through June 1945, Willow Run served not only as the birthplace for 8,685 B-24 Liberator bombers, but also the airport for their native flight. The industrial installation also ...
  • The Military Road Alex AshleyFrom Fort Wilkins, near Copper Harbor, MI, to Fort Howard in Green Bay, WI runs the Old Military Road. This road was built to connect the two forts during the ...
  • Recent History of the 107th Fighter Squadron Cameron PotterThe 107th fighter squadron is an Air National Guard unit attached to the 127th wing out of Selfridge Air Base in Mount Clemens, Michigan. They have a long history stretching ...
  • Great Lakes Naval Station Austin SmithPainting from Lake County Historical Society (http://lakecountyhistory.blogspot.com/2011/07/great-lakes-naval-base-turns-100.html)The current home for Naval basic training is located thousands of miles away from any ocean. Nestled on a peaceful little piece of shore along the expansive Lake Michigan, this ...