B.O. Wilkins, K/393, was one of five 99th veterans, family members and friends who went on a battlefield tour to Normandy and the Ardennes in June. Wilkins sent an extensive photo collection of the tour to the Checkerboard. He has been a longtime contributor to the division newspaper and his photos deserve to be shared with all readers.
The tour was under the direction of Eddie Polk of Battlefield Tours, Slidell LA. It began June 4 with a flight to Paris. The group observed D-Day in Normandy, then moved on to the Ardennes portion of the trip.
The Diggers joined the group to visit battlefields. The tour included a visit to Camp Elsenborn, Henri Chapelle American Cemetery, and the Remember Museum and home of Marcel and Mathilde Schmetz -- the M&Ms.
The tour concluded in Brussels.