My name is Johan and I live in Belgium in a small village located just off the coast. I got married to Kristien on a Vegas-trip back in 1996 and we have one daughter, Ellen. I enjoy good food, cycling trips along the coast and the occasional trip to European battlefields (Normandy) or the States. I am a Senior NCO in the Belgian Armed Forces with over 30 years of service and work as a recruiter in the local Defense Information Center.
This is us at the New York City WTC Memorial (May 2012)
I started collecting WW2 US militaria at the age of 10 back in 1976. Since then I have gathered quite a collection of WW2 US militaria consisting of nearly all types of uniforms and equipment worn in the ETO from 1942 thru 1945. After I quit re-enacting in the early 90's, I concentrated on collecting original artifacts from the Normandy and Ardennes battlefield. My collection includes original marked helmets and jackets of Airborne, Ranger and Infantry units of major battles of WW2.
I also regularly ride my Harley-Davidson WLA (Liberator) motorcycle, my US Army Columbia bicycle, or I take my GPW Jeep for a ride along the coast.
Ellen at the Big Sur Pacific Coast, California (July 31st, 2009)
One of the last pictures of Dixie, our lovely and sweet Golden Retriever, taken on September 12th, 2009.
She passed away peacefully on September 15th, 2009...
She will be sadly missed......
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