Photo about Company D (renamed Company B in 1963). This photo appears to be from the 50th anniversary reunion in 1971. Seated at far left is Ray Naber. Standing, left to right, are Colonel Lesky & Don Steketee.
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.