Son of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Served in WWII.

When you realize that more than sixteen million men served in the US Armed Forces during WWII, you understand that almost every family in the USA has some connection to a WWII veteran. For Harry B. Reese, the creator of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, this wasn’t any different. Harry was born in 1879 and had […]

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1917: The Film vs. What Really Happened

Cinematography at its best, but a story line with loopholes From the quiet and untouched lands where the rear echelons rest and perform their duties to intent faces waiting for the verge of an attack, most films decide to focus on the heat of battle. In the film 1917, director Sam Mendes goes beyond the […]

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RESEARCHERS HELP MICHIGAN WWII VETERAN TO VISIT SITE WHERE FRIEND WAS KILLED IN ACTION

NORMANDY – In November 2019, Ceo Bauer, a former US Army veteran from Ithaca, Michigan, found closure as he returned to the battlefields of Normandy. The trip was made more special for Ceo as Footsteps Researchers helped him to walk in the footsteps of a hometown friend who was killed in action in Normandy on […]

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Letters of War: Wounded in the Ardennes

FIGHTING WITH THE 83RD – Two weeks ago, I received a new package of five letter covers from different enlisted men of the US Army during the Second World War. Since I’ve been involved with the 83rd Infantry Division lately, I also bought two covers of an officer who served in the M/330th, 83rd. These […]

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Marvel Creator Wounded in World War II

The new Marvel’s film, Captain Marvel, will open with a tribute to Stan Lee. Together with Jack Kirby he created almost all the Marvel comics. Kirby was the only one that served as infantryman on the battlefields in Europe. In 1943 Kirby was drafted into the United States Army (Service Number: 32966619). He followed his […]

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Crosses in the Wind

One of the most overlooked units in World War II is the Graves Registration Service. The men assigned to this unit were responsible for processing the bodies of killed US enlisted men as they were transferred to their final resting place. As Footsteps Researchers, we come across very interesting and sad documents when we image […]

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Okinawa – Learning about the War in the Pacific

Okinawa Recap: It’s been five weeks since Joey left for Okinawa. Joey is catching up on everything now that he has returned home to The Netherlands. We are releasing this blog about a few of his experiences on the trip. On May 8th of this year, Joey flew to Okinawa for two weeks to explore […]

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Joey to the Battlefields of Okinawa

When you are reading this, Joey van Meesen, will be on an airplane on his way to Okinawa, Japan. For two weeks he will move around the island to research the World War 2 Battlefields. Throughout the trip, he will be actively posting pictures and other content on Facebook and Instagram. But the biggest effort […]

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LEGACY: Lost & Found, The Foxhole of Prentice W. Ball

Today our European researcher, Joey van Meesen, took possession of the pocket knife owned by Prentice W. Ball. This WWII relic was found on April 1, 2018, by Frank van Vark and Joey’s dad, Ronald van Meesen. Traveling to Germany, Joey and his dad went back to the original location and foxhole where the knife […]

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