Commanders & Officers
Micheal M. Carder 2018-2019 Department Commander Biography
Mike was born September 9, 1945 in Davenport, Iowa. He was raised in Topeka, Kansas.
Mike graduated from Topeka West High School in 1963. Mike attended Washburn University until 1967. He graduated from Labette Community College in 1975 in Parsons, Kansas with a degree in nursing.
Mike has worked in surgery, open heart ICU, trauma, medical surgery units and dialysis. For the past 35 years he has worked in renal dialysis being responsible for the training and care of home dialysis patients. He has written articles that have been published in medical journals. He has given numerous presentations at professional conferences. Mike is currently a Home Therapies Registered Nurse for Highland Park Fresenius Kidney Care, Highland Park, IL.
Mike enlisted in April 1967 for basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, as medical corpsman. He had further training at Phoenixville General Hospital, Phoenixville, PA – Clinical Specialist School. In 1968 he was assigned to the 44th Medical Brigade Long Binh, Vietnam and then to 8th Field Hospital Nha Trang South Vietnam. Duties served as documents courier, medic and occasional personnel specialist. In 1969 reassigned to Ft. Knox, KY to the Adjutant Generals office. He was discharged from active duty in April 1969 and entered active reserves in the 410th Evac Hospital in Topeka, KS. Where he served as wardmaster. In 1978 he transferred to a reserved hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he served as Assistant Chief Wardmaster. In 1978 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Army Nurse Corps where he served as assistant to Chief Nurse. In 1980, he was transferred to the 80st General Hospital in Chicago, IL. He served as Trauma Nurse, Dialysis Head Nurse, Head Nurse ICU, OIC Combat Medic School and as OIC S/2, S/3, and unit Mobilization Officer. He retired in 1997 as a Major (P). His highest enlisted rank in SPC E-7.
Mike is a 26 year member with The American Legion. He is Past Commander for Evanston Post 42, Past 7th District Commander, Past 1st Division Commander, Past 1st Division Adjutant, Past 1st Division Sgt-At-Arms, Past 7th District Historian, Past Chef de Gare, Voiture 220, and Society of 40/8. He is currently Evanston Post 42 Historian, serving as Americanism Chairman for Post 42, 7th District and the 1st Division. He is also serving as Vice-Chairman of the Department of Illinois Americanism Commission and has served on the Commission for approximately 10 years. He is a member of the National Americanism council and National Legislative Council, 7th District Pas Commanders Club (selected as Legionnaire of the year), 1st Division Past Commanders Club, ANAVICUS and Egyptian Past Commanders Club. He has completed The American Legion Extension Course.
Mike has one sister, Kathy Schmidt and 2 nephews. Both of his parents are deceased. Mike married Nancy Lee Trevena McGowan on November 21, 1990. Nancy passed away on August 20, 2015.