WW11. My Dad (Bill Charles) was C-86 Staff Sgt. My step dad was wolf pack 4-25 field artillery, In November 1939, during the Soviet Union’s invasion of Finland, Russian efforts were frustrated following the destruction of two armored divisions by Finnish soldiers on skis. Following the war the division was deactivated, only to be reactivated and redesignated as the 10th Infantry Division in 1948. A single loud noise could alert the German troops, who could easily eliminate the exposed Americans as they climbed. Research. It has also assisted in relief efforts abroad and at home, such as constructing temporary camps and homes following the catastrophic Hurricane Andrew. Ski Troops during World War II (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 2005). The division has participated in combat in diverse areas, such as Somalia, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. He too was sent to the Aleutians landing on Kiska Island. He could out hike students 20 years younger climbing in NY’s Adirondack mountains. He didn’t die. the history of the Finns defending their country is inspiring. The only 3 things he ever mentioned of his service to me (his youngest son) were; “No man should ever have to see the things I saw and experienced”, “the real heroes are the men that never came back”, and, “I will take those memories with me to my grave”. 10th Mountain Division Originally activated as the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in 1943, the division was redesignated the 10th Mountain Division in 1944 and fought in the mountains of Italy in some of the roughest terrain in the country. In his teen years, he lived with his brother in a cabin without electricity, between both pairs of Finnish grandparents. Hale to Aspen 1944. God bless them. These men were true brothers. 10th Mountain Division veterans started much of the US ski industry. If anyone knows anything or has anything relevant please let me know. Later he became the president of the New England chapter of the Association, and after that was national president for seven years. The war definitely changed those young men who went in as innocent boys and came out as changed men, aging 20 years in a matter of two years of continuous battleground horror. I can figure it out if someone can tell me when the division shipped out. We hope someone will know him. Their unit was then deployed to Normandy (as I understand it) on D+5. Military use of Camp Hale included the 10th Mountain Division, the 38th Regimental Combat Team, 99th Infantry Battalion, and soldiers from Fort Carson conducting mountain and winter warfare training exercises from 1942 to 1965. For those not familiar with the name, Paul Petzoldt was a fixture in the Tetons–He established a lot of new routes climbing in that area, often with minimal equipment he made himself. Sadly, my family first learned of his commendations after his death, when we inquired about his service with the US Army. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The Germans were entrenched high up on ridges to prevent Allied forces from advancing into Europe. Oley Kohlman wrote Uphill with the Ski Troops and knew dad from Colorado. Winter Parking and General Info: Ken's Cabin Winter Information Sheet During the winter most hut users access Ken's Cabin from the Boreas Pass trailhead north of the hut. The 10th Mountain Division was succeeded by the reactivated 10th Infantry Division during the Cold War from 1948 to 1958, when it was again inactivated. I have a number of cool photos as well as equipment. I wish I had gotten a chance to know him better. The 10th Mountain Division only had one Medal of Honor recipient in WWII. The Tenth is not an exclusively mountaineering and skiing division but rather a unit trained specifically to fight in harsh terrain. Also, many died from disease and frostbite/cold-related problems. The ski and snowboard site with intelligence. lol Being a youngster, it was quite fun and an education. The 10th Division was originally organized in 1918 as a Regular Army and National Army division for World War I. He told me of the incredible bravely of the Division’s fighting men, never wavering in the face of determined German resistance and what a miracle it was that he and Heckie survived! Charlie and wife and son are avid and expert skiers. Japs had left, but it was still rather ugly for the troops. The 87th was sent to the nearly unopposed invasion of Alleutions. Any idea where I may be able to find some photos? He was a machine gunner. The system of backcountry lodges and outposts near Camp Hale have also become popular overnight destinations for winter travelers. However In my efforts to use the imagery I’m afraid I might not be able to because the photographer is not credited under the image. It was named for General Irving Hale and was at an elevation of … I was born well after this but always heard the stories. They ambushed Soviet convoys, cut Soviet supply lines, and destroyed several Soviet divisions before surrendering in mid-March 1940. With Marshall’s approval, the Tenth Mountain Division was formed. It was redesignated the Panama Canal Division after the war and shares no connection with the 10th Mountain Division activated during World War II. Does anyone know how I would go about finding his information? My Dad, Donald E. Goodman, born in 1905 in Arizona, was in the 10th and trained at Camp Hale. “After the war, ex-soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division fired-up America’s modern ski industry. Researching Sgt. Learn More. Did you, by chance, go to the reunion in the mid 60’s I believe, at Vale since there wasn’t much left at Camp Hale where guests could stay? My Father was a Staff Sargeant in the 86th at Camp Hale 43-44 maybe 42-44. I live in Southern Colorado now. 10th Mountain Division Name Index The 10th Mountain Division, specializing in mountain and winter warfare, trained at Camp Hale, Colorado, during World War II. by Charles J. Sanders, https://upcolorado.com/university-press-of-colorado/item/1789-the-boys-of-winter, my dad taught skiing in Leadville,col. The victory at Riva Ridge gained the Tenth international fame. He came home safe, but never forgot the horrors of war. Does anyone remember him? The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is Vail, Colorado’s premier distillery, crafting spirits from locally sourced ingredients in the name of the mountain lifestyle that was influenced by the original 10th Mountain soldiers. He was my best friend. At least 62 ski resorts have been founded, managed, or employed head ski instructors that were 10th Mountain Division veterans.” – thestormking.com. After World War II, many of the 10th Mountain Division warriors came home to the USA and continued skiing. Thank you for posting this article. He never lost his love of the mountains and was a member of the 46ers, a group that had climbed all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks. My dad, Leonard F Cerkas, (Manitowoc, WI), served in the US Army, 10th Mountain Division, 85th Infantry, from 1943-1945. Are you on Facebook? In New Hampshire Monument or plaque In Colorado, Tenth Mountain Division veterans established ski resorts in Vail and Ski Cooper; on the East Coast, they established ski areas. Reactivated again in 1985, the division was designated the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) to historically tie it to the World War II division and better describe its modern disposition. I have read the the 10th was operating on the southern front. He is exactly the type of person who would know what training the troops needed. Following two more years of training, the Tenth finally got a shot at redemption in the winter of 1944–45. Trained in Camp Hale, He Fought at Riva Ridge and Mt Belvedere. I have some cool photos and equipment. His legs were shattered with a mortar or 88. R.I.P. Drawing together an elite group of champion skiers, mountain climbers and European mountaineers, the U.S. Army created the 10th Mountain Division, America’s only mountain and winter warfare fighting unit. Robert M. Citino, "White Death," World War II 29, no. He trained at Camp Hale and fought in Italy. The 10th Mountain Division trained at Camp Hale, Colorado, where volunteers learned rock climbing, endurance through long distance marches and cross country ski trips, down hill skiing, winter/mountain survival techniques, and combat throughout the winter of 1943-1944. Breaking the Gothic Line was the perfect task for the Tenth. He ran across a mine field to save others, lost alot of his hearing, was wounded and hospitalized as the war ended. My Dad 85E came home and never fully recovered from PTSD either….. My heart is with you. Army recruiters formed this regiment by recruiting from top ski schools around the country, reasoning that it made more sense to recruit experienced skiers and give them combat training than to teach trained soldiers how to ski. Monti My Uncle Dave Curtis was a squad leader in Headquarters Co., 2nd Battalion, 86th Mountain Infantry Regiment. My father, Sgt Samuel G. Hall, was a ski instructor and combat engineer who trained at Camp Hale with the 10th. Bobby did you by chance go to the reunion in the mid 60’s or around there at Vale? Originally activated as the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in 1943, the division was redesignated the 10th Mountain Division in 1944 and fought in Italy’s mountains in some of the roughest terrain in the country. Some suggested that the United States train its own ski troops. My great uncle, Dave Curtis, was a squad leader in Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 86th Mountain Regiment, 10th mountain Division during WWII. He was hired to teach the division how to dress, camp, navigate, rescue and live outside in the mountains. Because of my Dad’s skiing background, my sister and I inherited his love for skiing and we moved to Tahoe in 1971 & 1972. Depending on the years there may be a chance that our father knew each other. It was named for General Irving Hale and was at an … , fought with the 85th Mt., in WW-2 in Italy.He had a handicapped son, but went to war anyway.Upon arrival at the train station with his family at Charleston WV for departure to boot camp,there was a great calmness among all the men present when they seen Amos and his son George saying farewell.A captain came up to my grandmother Ruby and told her to get on the train with George that they can ride with Amos as far as she was allowed if he got in trouble,so be it.They made it to Kentucky and my g-grandfather Rev. Yes, I’m on Facebook. Do you have any information on this matter? Thank you for the article, the 10th Mountain Division and the units soldiers should be remembered forever. Thank you to the 10th and all of America’s warriors. They had to be in order to survive this type of impossible combat. My great Uncle Mervin Buoy was with the 10th Mountain Division and was KIA in Italy on Feb. 21, 1945. My Dad was in the 10th Mtn Div, 87th fighting in Italy. As immediate family, we were able to obtain a replacement set of his honors. Eddie was the youngest 1st Sergeant in the 87th. The 10th has been involved in both the Afghanistan & Iraq wars since 2001, and they’re still out there. ODA35. My nephew worked at Pleasant Mountain for several years and there began his career as an EMT and fireman. Inspired by Finland’s success, Charles Minot Dole, the president of the National Ski Patrol, spoke to Army Chief of Staff George C. … After the breakout from the Anzio beachhead his unit was seconded to the 10th US Mountain Div. There is a soldier’s name and 8 digit number stenciled on it. The Tenth successfully captured Riva Ridge on February 19, allowing Allied forces to break through German defenses in the mountains and push further into Europe. Military use of Camp Hale included the 10th Mountain Division, the 38th Regimental Combat Team, 99th Infantry Battalion, and soldiers from Fort Carson conducting mountain and winter warfare training exercises from 1942 to 1965. We don’t know about that poster. Please post a revision to recognize these soldiers, two of who made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow soldiers and our nation. Experienced in skiing, mountaineering and cold-weather survival as well as military tactics, the soldiers fought enemy forces in the Italian Campaign of 1945. The 10th Mountain Division, a full division of the United States Army specializing in mountain and winter warfare, trained at Camp Hale, Colorado, during World War II. Does anyone know if that 10th Mtn poster can be purchased? The 10th Mountain Division trained in various places from 1943-1944, including their base at Camp Hale (9,200 ft near Leadville) in Colorado and at Cooper ski area. Approximately 14,000 military personnel stationed there were members of the 10th Mountain Division. What an incredible story. His final Climb to Glory was December 24, 2017. I too am proud of my Dad, Alfred H. Peel, a 10th Mountaineer who trained at Hale and served from 43 to 45. I was lucky to go to a 10th Reunion at Keystone in the 90’s we went to Cooper Mt for a Statue unveiling. If not, send your email to me at occasional.piper@comcast.net and I’ll share some photos with you. These are: [4] The conflict caught global attention as the outnumbered and outgunned Finnish soldiers were able to use the difficult local terrain to their advantage,[5] severely hampering the Soviet attacks and embarrassing their military. Earl Ervin Clark, who served in the 10th Mountain Division from its inception, died at home on Dec. 28, a day after attending a 10th Mountain reunion luncheon. John H. Peel. The mission of the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division. Morten Lund, "Tribute to the 10th Mountain Division," Skiing Heritage, September 1995. You left that out of your list on the Modern 10th list. Does anyone have any photos and or remember him ? He earned a Silver Star and a Purple Heart. Really nice reading the tributes on here! he was one of the first group selected for this training (they were eventually named the 87th Inf Regiment), they were initially sent to Mount Ranier, then to Camp Hale. The 10th Mountain Division. My late husband, Ernest L. “Tap” Tapley was at Camp Hale, part of the Mountain Training Group (MTG) then on to the Alleutians. https://digital.denverlibrary.org/digital/collection/p16079coll36/id/1224/rec/3. They now are on our potting shed in our garden. It wasn’t until after his death that we learned he was wounded and lost a lung. 10th Mountain Division vets even started Vail and Aspen. Many began to wonder if the U.S. Army was prepared to fight a winter war in the mountains. SGT Jared C. Monti – September, 2009 (Posthumous), Here’s a link to the names: http://www.10thmtndivassoc.org/BLIZZARD%20JUNE%202019.pdf. They published ski magazines, opened ski schools, and established ski areas, including Vail, Aspen, Sugarbush, Whiteface Mountain and others. Mel Oskey was his name. I humbly and proudly possess and protect his commendations, along with the US Flag from his coffin. He loved that man better than a father. He passed away in 1989 with a piece of German 88 metal still embedded in his forehead. After Marshall witnessed Greek mountain troops holding off a larger Italian force in the Albanian mountains, the first victory against Axis forces in World War II, he was convinced that the US Army needed the mountaineering division that Dole had recommended. I remain proud of his service. He recovered and served in Germany during WWII until the war was over. Do you recall his buddies’ names? As Americans, we are so blessed that Leonard risked his life, going through hell, for our freedom. He never spoke of his experiences in the war. Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole, the founder of the National Ski Patrol, had the task of collecting intelligence on other winter warfare units around the world.The blueprint for success mirrored the formation of Finnish ski troops who courageously fought against the Soviet Union during the Winter War in 1939. Never Forget!! My Dad was a NE Ski Patrol Section Chief for a long time, he also helped start our local Mt (Royal Mt) He taught so many people how to ski!! I grew up attending the 10th NE Chapter and national reunions. They are brass porch lights that adorned his back porch on the lake. He went to the mountains in Italy to fight. 10th Mountain is changing some reservations in anticipation of restrictions and has adopted a rolling schedule to minimize the number of times a reservation might have to be reconfigured. Thank you for helping us support 10th Mountain … Cancer took him in his late 50’s, two years after my first son was born. He turned skiing into his career. We all loved and adored our father but ww2 radically changed him. However, I don’t see any mention of this unit in the history of Camp Hale, only the 10th mountain division. The other major theme area is the history of the famed 10th Mountain Division from its inception in the mountains of Colorado and wartime baptism in the mountains of Italy. He recalled his troops skiing into an enemy camp at night in northern Italy. "During World War II, the Army’s 10th Mountain Division used the area backcountry for alpine survival training. Experienced in skiing, mountaineering, and cold-weather survival as well as military tactics, the soldiers … ... Help us educate the public and future generations about the Division’s history. The Tenth Mountain Division Soldier Statue in Vail. Thanks, Pete. This unique organization came into being on July 13, 1943, at Camp Hale, Colorado as the 10th Light Division (Alpine) November 6, 1944, the 10th Division was redesignated the 10th Mountain Division. You can find out more about his service by contacting Ms. Keli Schmid at the Denver Public Library. During the 1980s Fritz Benedict, a Tenth Mountain Division veteran, and other skiers from Aspen formed the Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association, a nonprofit organization that honored the division by building a series of recreational mountain huts in its name. He was quite a guy and much beloved by his students and in my mind, a hero. There is a statue in Vail Village dedicated to these hearty troopers. – Fire on the Mountain Movie. and fought in Italy in WW2. He passed away on Jan 4, 1989, at age 74. Germ warfare wasn’t allowed, yet their water was poisoned with Hepatitis to take quite a few of these fine men down…my dad caught it and was shipped to recover in a hospital. My dad was also c-86 at camp hale and went on to build Okemo ski area along with some other small ones and worked in the ski business until he died. It was the first division of any kind formed by the Army since 1975 and the first based in the Northeast since World War II. The Allies took notice of a Finnish division of soldiers on skis that defeated and embarrassed a larger and better-equipped invading Soviet force during the Winter War of 1939. Since then, it has been one of the most deployed units in the U.S. Army. SSGT Travis Atkins – 3/27/2019 (Posthumous) I attended the John D. Magrath Elementary School in Norwalk, CT (his birth town, and mine) as the first class to go all the way from Kindergarten to 6th grade after the school was constructed and dedicated. I was in C Company at Devens in 68-69. About 14,000 men trained at Camp Hale located near Leadville between 1941 and 1944. We were trained in skiing, mountain climbing, and glacier climbing in Alaska and Stowe/Killington. Flint Whitlock the son of a 10th Mountain Division veteran, established the 10th Mountain Living History Display Group in 1983 (Dave Little was one of his first recruits) with the purpose of preserving the uniforms, equipment, and other artifacts related to the division in order to educate the public about this unique military unit. He got mad at me one time he got mad at me because instead of taking the bus to a ceremony I skied to it.. he was looking for me because I was supposed to be on the bus! From the intensive training atop the Colorado Rockies to the spectacular night climb of Italy’s Riva Ridge – where the 10th scored their biggest victory against Hitler’s troops – Fire on the Mountain tells the thrilling story of these rugged, courageous men in all their glory. I remember your dad. Mountain division . Soldiers traversed mountain peaks with a 90 lb. Your email address will not be published. Clark was born in Londonderry, Vermont in 1913, and learned to ski while growing up in Wisconsin. The 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) is a light infantry division in the United States Army based at Fort Drum, New York. For the Leadville perspective on Camp Hale, the Leadville Herald Democrat provided an interesting chronicle of events. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s I worked with William “Bill Hoffstetter, Psychologist, and he would sometimes tell us about the time he was in the 10th Mt. Training began in the Rocky Mountains with the Eighty-Seventh Infantry Regiment. My grandfather PFC Amos J. Michael from Comfort W.V. POP. From: ’http://10thmtndivassoc.org/chronology.pdf’. They out-skied the Germans, I think. Louis Dawson, "History of the Huts," 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. The first of these huts, many of which are located in the Elk Mountains near Aspen, was completed in 1982. I have a photo of the troops in Camp Hale and a really old “YANK” magazine from when they broke the Germans back. They trailed tracks to a small village where they heard Mussolini was captured that morning just before their arrival. Primarily skiing though. A lot of people were familiar with Mt Belvidere and Riva Ridge, to which my father’s company was assigned, but while both were impressive, neither, according to him, came close to what they experienced in Torbole. My old-man was STAFF SERGEANT GLENN D SIKES, HG Co. 2nd Battalion, 86th Mountain Regt… CPT William D. Swenson – 2013 Named after General Irving Hale, Camp Hale was about more than weapons training. Hi Mr. Hampton, – The division was awarded two campaign streamers, The goal was clear: defeat the Nazis who were entrenched high in the snowy mountains of Italy. 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