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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Battle of the Bulge Footsteps – Then & Now

While working on a client project about the 83rd Infantry Division, European Researcher Joey van Meesen came across a picture of the 83rd Signal Company somewhere in Belgium. With the use of Morning Reports and other documents he was able to find the location where the Signal Company was billeted that day. Fortunately, we were […]

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Footsteps Researchers head to the Pacific

To expand our services beyond the European Theater of Operations. Joey van Meesen will be going to Okinawa, Japan this May to explore the World War II battlefields of the Pacific Theater. A European Theater expert, Joey will put his history degree to use as he travels this specific area of Asia. As our Footsteps […]

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