The History of the Club
First Patch now retired
The club originated in 2001 with only six vehicles, Roger Wilke and his father
owning a WC54 Ambulance and a cleattrack (heavy aircraft mover) Pam and Eddie
Davis owning a M38 and a Weasel, Michael Ware owning a M211 and Chuck Shook
owning a M3A1 Half Track. At that time it was called the Carolinas Military
Collectors Club. We displayed vehicles at shows in downtown Spartanburg airport
, The display always brought in a good draw. After a couple of years some
vehicles were sold and no longer did the group have the means to display a show.
From right to left , Eddie Davis, Pam Davis, Roger Wilke, and his father
(Not pictured Michael Ware who took the photo)
"New" Patch now active
and Board Members
After a year Wayne Scholtes and Michael Ware while working on Wayne's truck came
into the idea of starting a new club calling it The Military History Club of the
Carolinas, and allowed all people who were interested, to join whether they had
a military vehicle or not. We were joined by CMS Young owning a GPW and Gerry
Jones owning a M-274 mule, Chuck Shook owning a M151A2 and M3A1 Halftrack,
Michael Ware owning a MB and M211. In 2005 The MHCC had its first outing at the
downtown Spartanburg airport , we participated in the veterans parade as well.
Right after the veterans
parade two of our jeeps one
belonging to Michael Ware and one to George Young were used as a backdrop for
the dedication ceremony for the new national guard armory building. In 2006 the
MHCC did the Wing's and Wheel show where ten vehicles were on display . The
group was getting larger and we decided during a meeting that it was time to go
online, Michael Ware launched our first official website March 18th ,2007,
Later in the same year MHCC participated in the Wing's and Wheel Show where we
had 14 vehicles, Mike Ware (MVPA #21805) from Forest City, NC brought his 1945
CCKW, his 1944 WC-64 Knockdown Ambulance, and his 1942 GPW; James Neal from
Greer, SC brought his fully equipped WC-23 half-ton command car; Alan Morehead (MVPA
# 18835) from Westminster, SC brought his M3A1 White Scout Car and half a tent
full of uniforms, field equipment, and memorabilia; Gerry Jones (MVPA ) his
M-274 Mule and the other half a tent full of uniforms, equipment, and a handful
of replica weapons thrown in; Jerry Kiehl, the Spartanburg County Director of
Veteran's Affairs brought his USMC M-170 Front Line Ambulance; Charlie Brickett
from Salem, SC brought his award winning 1942 GPW ; J.C. Sanders from Shelby, NC
brought his M38A1 with trailer; CSM George C. Young, SCARNG (Ret) from
Spartanburg, SC Unfortunately was on the "sicklist" but his 1943 GPW was there
for pubic viewing; Chuck Shook from Spartanburg, SC brought his 1943 M3A1
Halftrack and his M151A2 with trailer; and lastly Eddie Davis and his wife Pam
brought their civil war 24 pound field howitzer with limber, their 12 pound
mountain howitzer with limber, and additional civil war memorabilia. it was a
great show and we have continued to grow ever since.
Michael Ware with his MB standing in front of the Spirit of North Carolina , MHCC First outing at the Spartanburg Airport , SC.
(This A26 invader is one of the few that are still in flight today)
If anyone has any more great shots and comments of these
journeys please let us know we would love to add them as well.
Enjoy and be safe out there!