Norway House (directions)
Our guest speaker is Eric Brun, President of the 99th Battalion Educational Foundation. The meeting starts with potluck dinner at 5 PM, followed by the presentation.
Activated in 1942, the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) was the first of four foreign ethnic battalions formed by the U.S. War Department. The 99th was manned with Norwegian citizens living in the United States and American citizens of Norwegian ancestry. “Tough Norwegian merchant sailors, stranded when German troops occupied Norway, joined Midwestern American farm boys in what they hoped would be a crusade to liberate their homeland,” writes our speaker in the Norwegian-American. The Battalion fought through the lowlands of France, Holland, and Belgium, and then on into Germany and arrived in Oslo in time to serve as the Honor Guard to King Haakon VII, when he returned from exile.
Also at the meeting, membership pins will be awarded to Christine Kalke (5 years), Mark Whited (20 years), and Rune Bakke (45 years).
Non-members are welcome. Attention parents: If you wish to bring children please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan appropriate activities during the presentation.
Pictured: Norwegian-American farm boys joined stranded Norwegian merchant sailors for mountain warfare training at Camp Hale, CO.
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