About Peter Hendrikx

My name is Peter Hendrikx and I was born in 1966. My hometown was Eindhoven, where I grew up with stories about the liberation by the American 101st Airborne Division. This started my interest in the American campaign in Western Europe, with special interest in the airborne operations and General Patton's Third U.S. Army.

Since 1984 I've met hundreds of veterans at commemorations and reunions, and corresponded with many hundreds more. Although I have well over 2500 books in my library, their stories and letters give by far the best impression of what they've been through to liberate Europe from nazi Germany. I am proud to call many of these great veterans my friends.

I helped found the first Airborne Museum in Best, the Netherlands, and translated and published George Koskimaki's book Hell's Highway into Dutch. I also helped other authors with their research. Although I am interested in the history first and foremost, I also collect memorabilia.

picture01Peter Hendrikx on the left with two airborne greats, Carwood Lipton and Ronald
C. Speirs. They were both officers in Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regi-
ment, 101st Airborne Division. The story of this company, made legendaric by
the book "Band of Brothers" by Stephen Ambrose and the HBO television
miniseries, is representative for what all combat units went through during WW2.

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In 1999, Peter Hendrikx received a Certificate of Appreciation from the 17th Airborne Division Association.On June 6 2000, Peter Hendrikx was made Honorary Member of Easy Company 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division by the veterans of that organization. Later, Easy Company, 506, was the subject of the television miniseries "Band of Brothers".

President Bush, sr.,  inscribed his World War 2 portrait to Peter Hendrikx.President Reagan inscribed his official photograph to Peter Hendrikx. Congressman Bill Nichols of Alabama, himself a disabled veteran of WW2, asked President Reagan as a token of appreciation for Peter's interest in the accomplishments of the veterans of WW2 and the courtesies extended towards the veterans.

Peter is particularly proud of this inscription by Major General George S. Patton, the son of General Patton. "To Peter Hendrikx. With my very best personal wishes to a man who knows more about General G.S. Patton jr than anyone I have ever known. From all the Pattons. signed G.S Patton MG USA rt."Peter's invitation to the 65th commemoration of the landing in Normandy.