Legacy of the 99th Infantry Division

From my hometown to the Battlefield

Who are we?

The 99th Infantry Division, nicknamed "Battle Babies" and compromised of the 393rd, 394th, 395th Infantry Regiments and supporting units, spent approximately 151 days in combat during World War Two. Unbeknownst to its commanding general at the time, Maj. Gen. Walter E. Lauer, the division would play a strategic role in the war and would gain the honor of having the most decorated platoon of the US army during World War Two.

After the war, the Division founded its own Association and for many years the veterans and their families got united at the many conventions that were held. Due to the dwindling attendance over the years, the decision was made to hold the final convention in 2011.

As part of a project of interviewing 99th Infantry Division veterans and collecting their stories to continue the legacy of the 99th Infantry Division, the website was created by Eric Bijtelaar who, in his free time, research, collects and share the story and object of the 99th Infantry Division at various occasions. Learn more about the initiatives of the historical society, hich is completely non-profit and for educational purposes only, in the following article.

393rd IR / Research

Roy E. House

checkerboard99th / September 13, 2014

The Canteen Connection

393rd IR

Frank Liddell


Learn more about the our documentary project and how you can help us. From my Hometown to the Battlefield is the name of a documentary about the men of the 99th Infantry Division.

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The Honor Roll contains the names of those men from the 99th Infantry Division who lost their lives while serving their country during WWII.

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Towards our comrades who have been left on the fields of battle, we feel most gratefully humble. Their sacrifice shall be our ever constant inspiration to do our job—Now, Right, and with Steadfast Determination.
Walter E. Lauer
Major General, Commanding