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Michigan Military History

Michigan's Early Organized Militias

Pre-dating the state, Michigan's first militia was organized at Detroit. The Michigan National Guard's proud history of service to state and nation is built on these humble beginnings.

32nd "Red Arrow" Infantry Division in WWII

Michigan and Wisconsin National Guard soldiers were the first U.S. troops to see combat during World War II. Units of the 32nd hold the record for most days in continuous contact with the enemy during the war.

The Brady Guards

Named for Hugh Brady, a U.S. Army general, the Brady Guards became Michigan's oldest military organization.