Posts by checkerboard99th

Frank Liddell

Ssgt Frank Liddell B Co. 393rd Infantry Regiment Frank was born on the 28th of December 1919, in rural Duluth, a small town in Gwinnett County, Georgia. He was the fourth of eight children, and grew up during the Great Depression on a farm, which had been in the family since 1820. During the Depression, while…

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Robert “Bobby” Sterrett

Robert “Bobby” Sterrett HQ Co. – E Co. 395th Infantry Regiment “WE WERE ON GUARD DUTY AND ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE!!” That’s how Robert “Bobby” Sterrett of Monterey, Virginia, recalled the events of seventy years ago today, December 16th, 1944 “Hell” was the massive German artillery barrage that was unleashed against the American army. This…

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Robert J. Elsaesser

Pfc Robert J. Elsaesser, 99th Infantry Division, K Co., 393rd Infantry Regiment Robert J Elsaesser was born 1924 in Paterson, NJ, and the youngest of six children. His Parents were German immigrants from Stuttgart, Germany. Robbert went to Central High in Paterson and right after he graduated he was drafted and left for bootcamp, he…

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They made their flag!

(Lt. Sam Lombardo, platoon leader, I Co. 394th, last man on the right.) This flag was made, east of the Rhine river at Remagen. Men “liberated a sewing machine” and used a white german surrender flag and a pillow case. The flag was finished the night before 2nd platoon of Co. I crossed the Danube…

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Chaplain Lt. Col. Henry B. Koon, Sr.

  The men of the 99th Infantry Division will forever be indebted to this heroic Soldier without a gun. Chaplain Koon gave strenght and comfort for the fighting men from the Division during some of the darkest hours of their lives, and for many, in the final hours of their lives.  TO EVERY MAN UPON…

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Silvester W. Lucas

Sgt. Silvester W. Lucas  MP Platoon attached to HQ. 99th Infantry Division Two years ago we acquired a grouping belonging to Sgt. S.W. Lucas, Squad Leader of 2nd Squad, Police Section. The set contains his IKE jacket, side cap and his bronze star which he received for meritorious operations against the enemy. There is not…

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George A. Weeks

393rd Inf Reg B Company, 99th Infantry Division (Oct. 7, 1918 – Oct. 7, 2011) George Anthony Weeks, born Oct. 7, 1918, in Weeks Mills, the son of Edward T. and Sadie (Kenney) Weeks. George graduated from the Weeks Mills one-room school and then from Erskine Academy in 1937, right after graduation George worked a…

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Earl D. Reese

Earl D. Reese – 395th Infantry Regiment, E Company Born and raised in rural Arkansas in the early 1920s, Earl Denzil Reese quickly became accustomed to hunting and shooting, hard labor and outdoor life. Earl was born in 1920 to a recently-returned WWI veteran and a Missouri farmgirl and spent his early life traveling around…

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Samuel Notkin

The GI from Sandymount This is the story from Samuel Notkin, A Co. 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. We received this story from Yseult Thornley from Dublin, Ireland who had the pleasure of getting to know Samuel or “Sam” since he was living also in Ireland. It was the spring of 2009 when I…

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