This website dedicated to honoring soldiers from the 99th Infantry Division who fought for
our freedom during one of the bloodiest conflicts the world has ever known.
We seek to honor participants from the 99th Infantry Division who fought for freedom.
The veterans featured are remembered by various documents, photos, and battlefield narratives.
Many of these soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice, and we are able to honor their memory only.
Some are still living today, and we say thank you for your service.
The site is owned and maintained by Eric Bijtelaar, a Holland native and WWII enthusiast who has been collecting stories and artifacts since he was 8 years old. Eric’s invitation to us all, as we browse this site, is that we would continually remind ourselves that these veterans have given much, so that we might live for what matters.
Lest we forget!
DONATE AN ARTIFACT Our collection consists of objects ranging in size from tiny uniform buttons complete groupings from one individual. People that make donations to our travelling museum appreciate the fact that items will be displayed at various exhibitions in Europe and that each item will be documented and shown here on our website. The collection is life lasting and will eventually be placed in a museum. Every artifact or document is enormously important in helping to bring history to life.
Books and Periodicals. Books written during or about World War II..
Ephemera. Wartime ephemera such as brochures, postcards, leaflets, programs, theater tickets and souvenirs will be placed in our archival collection and treated as artifacts
Medals and Insignia. Medals and insignia can be utilized for various purposes like creating small displays.
Scrapbooks. Scrapbooks made by the veteran or relative showing his service.
Photographs, Letters and Journals. Please make the copies you need before sending us the originals. As for World War II service documents, we do not necessarily need originals. In fact, you will probably want the original Separation Papers and/or Discharge Papers. We will accept CDs, DVDs or good copies of wartime prints (though we prefer originals). Photocopies, low-quality copies and internet printouts are generally not suitable library donations on their own—only as backup personal information.
Reunion Materials. Reunion materials to supplement original personal collections.
Service Documents. Copies or original discharge papers that are accompanied by other donation materials, but we are not accepting copies sent without supporting collections.
Uniforms. Uniforms worn while in performance of one’s World War II service.
Yearbooks, Unit Histories and Newsletters. Items printed during the war years will be placed in our archival collection and treated as artifacts; post-war books written about WWII will go in our library collection.
Please use the contact button if you would like to donate an artifact.