Camp Ripley in Morrison County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
99th Infantry Battalion (Sep) activated at Camp Ripley August 1942
Erected 2014 by MN National Guard.
Location. 46° 4.88′ N, 94° 20.857′ W. Marker is in Camp Ripley, Minnesota, in Morrison County. Marker is on Infantry Rd, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15000 Highway 115, Little Falls MN 56345, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belle Prairie Church and Log Cabin (approx. 3.3 miles away); Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 3.3 miles away); Holy Family Parish (approx. 3.3 miles away); Log Cabin (approx. 3.3 miles away); Site of Foundation of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Bell (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Way of the Cross (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Monument (approx. 3.3 miles away).
Regarding 99th Infantry Battalion (Sep) activated at Camp Ripley August 1942. In the two years following the German invasion of neutral Norway, in April 1940, Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans in the United States struggled
The 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) was activated in August 1942, Here at Minnesota’s Camp Ripley. The unit quickly grew and moved to Fort Snelling near Minneapolis. By mid-December the unit received orders to move to the newly completed Camp Hale, Colorado. The Battalion was identified as a “separate” unit since it did not belong to a regiment. Composed of Norwegian citizens and Norwegian Americans, the unit engaged in grueling winter and mountain warfare training at elevations above 10,000 feet. By August 1943 the unit was combat ready and moved to Europe.
Landing two weeks after D-Day, they fought across Northern Europe to the German border with the second armored division. With the 30th Infantry Division they helped encircle the historic German capital of Aachen and held the line during the bitter winter fighting around Malmedy during the Battle of the Bulge.
In January 1945, the Battalion joined the veterans of the First Special Service Force, Darby’s Rangers and the 552nd Anti-Tank Company in the new 474th Infantry Regiment. In April the Regiment joined Patton’s third Army for the final drive to Germany. Within hours of Germany’s surrender, the 99th began its last secret mission when the Regiment
Also see . . . 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) Foundation. The educational foundation established to preserve the memory and sacrifices of these brave men. (Submitted on June 4, 2016, by Erik Brun of Chester, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Norwegian American, NORSO, RYPE, 474th Infantry Regiment, Ft Snelling, Camp Hale,
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