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.
It is important to understand and learn from our history to prevent history from repeating itself. Our goal is to provide a basic timeline of the young men from both armies. Teenagers thrust onto the frontlines of battle. Our traveling exhibit also details the perspectives of the local population and those who stayed home, waiting for news from their loved ones. If we don’t preserve our history, younger generations will not learn the importance of the sacrifices that were made for us to live in a better society today.
The collection consists of many objects ranging from photos, letters, uniforms, relics from the battlefield, stories, and “liberated” items as the veterans used to call them. The collection will be placed in a dedicated museum, which hopefully, will be near the frontlines of the 99th. Objects donated are being preserved, cataloged, and shared online and during the traveling exhibits. For more information about this initiative please contact us by using the contact button at the top left of the page.
The 99th Infantry Division Historical Society aims to preserve the memory, history, and legacy of the 99th Infantry Division in a variety of activities. Our initial activities are researching individual veterans for relatives, creating an online documentary (digital monument), and the traveling museum.
Our activities also include the acquisition, production, preservation, and distribution of historical documents, records, and artifacts related to the 99th Infantry Division.