The Story of “Roosevelt’s Vikings” - the 99th Infantry Battalion
In the Footsteps of Norwegian War Sailor and WWII Combat Veteran Hans A. Larsen
Join us on the Norwegian History Round Table to learn about the 99th Infantry Battalion - the famed Norwegian-American army unit which fought in Europe during world war two. A large number of the battalion’s members were Norwegian sailors - one of them was Hans A. Larsen from Tønsberg, Norway.
Presenting the battalion story will be the Norwegian journalist and author of “The Canal Drive: The 99th Infantry Battalion and the Liberation of Belgian Limburg”, Antoni Pisani - while relatives of Hans A. Larsen will share his story; nephew Ove Vennerod, daughter Rita Kurtz and son-in-law John Lunde.
Hans left Norway in 1939 to join the Norwegian Whaling Fleet. The following spring Hitler invaded Norway and he was now unable to return to his parents and siblings. He arrived in New York and found work. Later joined the 99th Infantry Battalion and trained with them in the Rockies - skiing and hiking in preparation for action in Norway.
In this session, we follow in the footsteps of Hans and the battalion - during training in the US and Great Britain, the fighting in Normandy, Belgium, and Germany. And we learn about Hans’ and the other men’s long-awaited return to Norway in 1945.
I will be sending out the link on October 17. Contact me for the Zoom link. (Programs@NorwayDC.org)