WWII Footsteps Research

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

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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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Happy Holidays from the Footsteps Researchers Team

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On behalf of the entire international Footsteps Researchers team, we wish to extend a most sincere holiday greeting, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Vrolijk Kerstfeest. Myra Miller, PhD – St. Louis, Missouri Joey van Meesen – Rotterdam, Netherlands Florent Plana – Bayeux, France Bob Konings – Grandmenil, Belgium Loic Jankowiak – Bandol, France Alessio Parisi – […]

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Letters of War: Wounded in the Ardennes

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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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Footsteps Researchers adding archive detective at NARA College Park, Maryland

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We are happy to announce that we are now able to get WWII Unit Journals, After Action Reports, photographs, and maps much faster from the NARA facility in College Park, Maryland.  In the past, we had to request them through another Independent for Hire Researcher which added to the cost and slowed down the process […]

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Okinawa – Learning about the War in the Pacific

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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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In Search of a Father’s Footsteps – June 7, 1944

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The son of Captain Henry C. Hobbs is pretty happy right now. For many years, he has been searching for the location in Normandy, France where his father crash-landed his glider on June 7, 1944. All of his men survived and they walked over four miles to a command post in Les Forges before heading […]

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Joey to the Battlefields of Okinawa

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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

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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

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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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WWII knife to be returned to family!

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LEGACY: Lost & Found, UPDATE: We have 100% confirmation that the pocket knife etched with Prentice W. Ball’s name (found in Germany last week) belongs to his daughters living in Alabama. It will be an honor to return the knife to them and his family in mid-May. PRESENTATION: Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:00 pm West […]