The Mid-Atlantic WWII Association,
for all intensive purposes, began in the summer of 2002 when Mike
Pumphrey (4th ID Military Police) and Mike Hamady (Panzer Aufklärungs
Abteilung 11) discussed the possibility of forming a closer union
of highly authentic units. Mike Hamady would later serve as the MAWW2A
first vice president and Mike Pumphrey as it’s first safety officer.
The idea was that these units would
“play well” with one another and could appreciate the work each other
had done on their impressions. The units would not only show up to
shoot at one another, but invest time, money, and effort beyond their
personal kits to make each MAWW2A event feel like WWII.
That fall the idea was put forth
to use an event which Mike Pumphrey had been running for 2 years as a
test bed for this idea. The event would be solely by “invitation
only” and the groups would be juried. The event which came to be
known as “Roop’s Farm,” who’s owner Roger Thor Roop (4th ID, 8th Regt,
I&R) would become the association’s first president served this purpose
very well. It was a small event of 100 to 120 participants on 98
acres of land, so it was very intimate and offered and opportunity to see
this if this experiment would work. The event was a smashing success
and invited units were put under even more of a microscope in an effort
to weed out units solely in it for trigger time and busting off caps.
In the winter of 2002/2003 the association
had its first official board meeting at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
in College Park, MD. The first order of business was to decide on
a name and a direction for the association. The association would
remain small and regional representing the best WWII living history units
in the Mid-Atlantic region. The focus would be “quality over quantity.”
units would be encouraged to not only dress accurately, but behave accurately
on and off the field. That each unit would make every attempt to
help create that photographic image of life for a soldier during WWII.
To make the MAWW2A official in the eyes of the state and federal government
Tim Learman (Pathfinders, 508th PIR, 82nd. Abn.) would assist Roger Roop
in fleshing out the Bi Laws of the association. Tim Learman would
later serve as the MAWW2A’s first Secretary.
With the first draft of the MAWW2A’s
Charter/Bi Laws, the MAWW2A held its Summer/Fall meeting on August 24,
2003. The second order of business was the ratification of the MAWW2A’s
Bi Laws. It was decided that elections for board officers would be
held at the next board meeting which took place at the 94th Aero Squadron
Restaurant on January 18th, 2004.
At this meeting the Mid-Atlantic
WWII Association accepted its first petition for membership from the 33rd.
Signal Construction Battalion. The elections which were held selected
the following slate of officers to be the MAWW2A first and current board
Roger Thor Roop (4th ID, 8th Regt,
*Mike Hamady (Panzer Aufklärungs
Tim Learman (Pathfinders, 508th
PIR, 82nd. Abn.)
Robert Slater (6. /Pz. Gren. Rgt.
1 Herman Goering Div. )
*Mike Pumphrey (4th ID Military
*Prior to June 24th, 2004, the MAWW2A
had no Vice President. Because of the necessity of both state and
federal incorporation procedures, the MAWW2A was forced to hold an emergency
election to fill the position of Vice President, leaving Mike Pumphrey
to take over the role of Safety Officer.
The Mid-Atlantic WWII Association
is actively growing and is seeking to become a 5013C Non-Profit organization
who's members will be fully insured. This association has become
an significant partner in creating challenging and highly authentic events
where standards remain very high and thus has helped change the face of