Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Alan S. Brown

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The 1961 mobilization of United States Military Reserve Components for the Berlin Crisis has several unique aspects. One perspective of examining the mobilization is to view it through the successes and problems of one of the individual company-size units called to service. The unit discussed here is company C, 156th Signal Battalion (CA), Michigan Army National Guard, located in Kalamazoo, MI.

The paper begins with a brief history of Company C from its conception in 1859 to the Berlin Crises Mobilization in 1961. The mobilization itself and what happened to Company C during 1961 and 1962 is covered in a topical fashion. Such concerns as the initial alert, movement to Fort Benning, training, status of equipment, morale, "fillers", demobilization and the after effects are seen from the perspectives of the individual Guardsmen in the unit.

In the 1961 President Kennedy mobilized the Reserve Components " prevent a war...". Company C, 156th Signal Battalion (CA), Michigan Army National Guard successfully met the problems and challenges of that usual call-to-arms.

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