Black and white photograph showing two rows of National Guardsmen from Company D (renamed Company B in 1963). The unidentified men can be seen in the Armory gym on 9th Street in Holland, MI.
Colonel Henry Geerds was the driving force behind bringing a National Guard unit to Holland, MI. After his experience in WWI he was determined to have someplace where he could properly train young men to become soldiers. Geerds' Company D, a machine gun battery, began enlisting young men in 1921.
Geerds then began making plans to have an Armory built in Holland. The Holland Armory was dedicated in 1925.