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2020 Annual Meeting

October 24, 2020

The President of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, in accordance with our society bylaws, requests the pleasure of your company at our annual member meeting.

Due to the ongoing health and safety complications resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s proceedings will be held virtually. The meeting will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. This meeting also marks the culminating event of David Hruban’s term as President of the Society.

NO RSVP is required for this event. However, we do ask that members download and return a hard copy of the Nominations Ballot for electing MHSM officers for the next term of service.

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Please mail ballots before October 16th, 2020 to:
JC Johnson
12 Turner Street
Brighton, MA 02135

Maximum membership attendance is requested as we will be voting on changes to the Society bylaws. This vote is a direct result of our recent approval by the IRS to be re-designated as a 501-c3 private operating foundation from our previous designation as a 501-c4 social organization. In short, we have had to include a provision referencing the disposition of assets in the event of a dissolution of the Society.

More in-depth information and explanation and the announcement of two extremely positive results of this status change (the reestablishment of tax-deductible contributions to the Society and sales tax exemption) will be provided and discussed before the vote.

Many thanks in advance for your participation.

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Meeting Timeline for the 2020 MHSM Annual Meeting:

11:45-12:00 Tech Time: This is to ensure that all attendees are logged in to the Zoom Platform and prepared for the meeting proceedings.
12:00 Member Meeting Begins: * Meeting agenda includes an important vote on amendments to the by-laws as well as voting on the new Officers and Directors
12:45 Distinguished Speaker: Mr. Jim Kurtz and Presentation on “The Green Box”
14:00 Program Complete

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The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom

At the appointed meeting time please click the Zoom icon to access the Zoom meeting site:
The meeting ID is: 869 7508 8215
The meeting password is: 673027
  • To log in to Zoom meeting site – on Oct 24 at 1130 click on Zoom icon above.
  • A window will open on your screen asking you to either download or launch Zoom. Click on “Open Zoom Meetings” and the computer will open a web
    page for this meeting.
  • If the host has not yet started the meeting you will see a box reading “Waiting for the host to start this meeting.” This box features a button
    allowing you to test your audio to ensure that your computer’s speakers are functioning correctly.
  • When the host has started the meeting session you will see a box on your screen reading “Join with Computer Audio.” Click that button to link your
    computer to the meeting’s audio.
  • If your computer has an attached video camera, you can choose to click on the “Join Meeting Video” icon in the bottom left of the screen. This will
    create a video feed of you which will be shared to the other participants.
  • Mute button- the left of the meeting screen has an audio icon which can be clicked to mute your audio feed. Please engage mute feature when others
    are speaking or presenting.


  • PRESIDENT’S REPORT – 2020 Update; COVID-19; Farewell
  • SECRETARY’S REPORT – Previous Minutes
  • TREASURER’S REPORT – Update; IRS Status Change
  • EVENTS REPORT – Update
  • GRANTS REPORT – Update
  • NOMINATING COMMITTEE – Officers & Directors 2020-2021 (VOTE)
  • OLD BUSINESS – Societal Bylaws Amendments (VOTE)
  • NEXT GATHERING: Holiday Dinner – Sunday December 13, 2020 (TENTATIVE)
  • NEXT MEETING: Semi-Annual – Saturday April 10, 2021
  • SPEAKER/PRESENTATION: Jim Kurtz, author of “The Green Box”

The meeting will feature guest speaker, and MHSM grant recipient, Jim Kurtz, who will present on his book, and upcoming documentary film project. The Green Box traces Jim’s exploration of his father’s experiences as a WWII aviator and POW.

From the Author’s Note:

“The Green Box is the culmination of the search for the details of my father’s life. The search itself became a story that demanded to be told. The book blends literary forms: it is part memoir, part biography, and part informed speculation as to my father’s experiences and emotions. He spoke little about his trials, and only hinted at them in letters and essays. The Green Box moves between past and present, as I weave together interviews with people who knew my father, and accounts of soldiers who endured the same challenges that he did, along with my own imagined scenarios.”

Jim Kurtz was born in White Plains, NY in 1949. Jim’s father, Robert Kurtz, a World War II veteran, died when Jim was only two years old. Throughout his childhood Jim attempted to learn what he could about his dad, especially about his war experiences.

In The Green Box Jim tells his father’s story, describing the process of exploration that helped him come to know the father of whom he had no real memory. Jim is a 1971 graduate of Gettysburg College.
Jim worked a variety of jobs before joining Interstate Lumber in Connecticut, where he worked for twenty-four years. Jim now lives in Ipswich, MA, with his wife, Julie.

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The Nominating Committee is pleased to nominate the individuals named below for the offices indicated for one year terms for the year 2020 – 2021 effective upon election. The candidates have been determined to be duly qualified and willing to serve.

The candidates are:

For MHSM President: Robert Gold
For MHSM Vice President: John Warner
For MHSM Secretary: John C. Johnson
For MHSM Treasurer: William Wood
For MHSM Assistant Treasurer: James Wiegel
For MHSM Directors: Gene Kopelson
Paul Lawton
Brian Pillai
Alan Rieper

Respectfully submitted:
Gerard J. Hayes, Chair
John Sherman
Alex Rankin
August 13, 2020
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Biographical Notes for Director Nominees

Lt. Col. Bryan K. Pillai is a graduate of LaSalle Military Academy in New York, Boston University, graduate school at Harvard University, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army Military Police School. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Iraq Campaign Medal, and Parachutist Badge. He previously commanded the 972nd Military Police Company during deployment to Baghdad, Iraq and was Executive Officer to the Adjutant General during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing response. Currently, Lt. Col. Pillai commands the 211th Military Police Battalion (First Corps of Cadets) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets-Boston.

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Dr. Gene Kopelson is a physician, historian and author, Dr. Kopelson is a graduate of Princeton
University with an A.B. Cum Laude in Biochemistry, he obtained his M.D. at Columbia University, and completed his internship and residency at Harvard University’s Department of Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. For two decades he was the director of a cancer center affiliated with the Yale University School of Medicine and was a practice accreditor for the American College of Radiation Oncology. Author of “Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman,” he is published widely and an expert on Presidents Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt’s “Great White Fleet.” A frequent lecturer, including the MHSM, Dr. Kopelson is an active member of the Boston chapter of the International Churchill Society, national trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, and member of the Theodore Roosevelt Book Prize Committee.

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Paul M. Lawton, Esquire is an attorney, shipwreck diver and naval & maritime historian. A graduate of Stonehill College and New England School of Law, he has been honored by having been conferred with membership in the Nu-Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, in recognition of conspicuous attainments and scholarship in the field of history. As assistant to the head archivist, Bernard Cavalcante at U.S. Naval Historical Center in the 1990s, Lawton worked on post war battle assessments of open cases involving questionable ship and aircraft losses during the World Wars and was instrumental in establishing or correcting the official record. One case was the loss of the U.S. Navy sub􀂳􀂳 chaser U.S.S. Eagle PE-56, from and accidental boiler explosion, to having been sunk in a torpedo attack by the German U-boat U-853 on 23 April 1945; resulting in the issuance of 51 Purple Heart Medals to the men killed and injured in the sinking. Lawton’s research has been the subject of several books and chronicled in such publications as the New York Times, National Geographic, Boston, Down East and Sea Classics magazines as well as in History Channel, PBS and Smithsonian Channel documentaries. He lectures on military and maritime history, technical shipwreck diving to dozens of organizations nationally. Lawton has authored two books on naval warfare and weapons systems and is currently filming two documentaries on German U-boats and the development of submarine launched missile systems.

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Alan G. Rieper: Following a 33 year career on Wall Street, Mr. Rieper retired in March 2000 from Credit Suisse First Boston where he was a Managing Director and the Senior Semiconductor Analyst. A career Security Analyst, he specialized in following the semiconductor industry, first at Cowen and Company, and later at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank, before joining Credit Suisse in mid 1998. He has been listed in Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. Rieper was the Technology Analyst at National Life of Vermont from 1972 through 1979, and an Office Equipment Analyst at Citibank from 1968 through 1972. Prior to joining Citibank he served as a Supply Officer in the United States Navy for three years. Mr. Rieper has served as Treasurer and Executive Board member of the Yankee Clipper Council, Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout and holder of the Silver Beaver Award, he was a founding member and a past President of its Eagle Scout Association. A retired Naval Reserve Captain, Rieper was a founding member and first President of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation. He also belongs to the Wardroom Club of Boston, the Greater Boston Chapter of the Military Order of the Wars, The 76 Club of Boston, and The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.
Mr. Rieper holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Lehigh University and an M.B.A from Columbia University.

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October 24, 2020
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