Thomas Hames - son of a 10th Mountain division office - addressed the club regarding the Division's history and service
The original 10th Mountain Division was formed in Nov. 1941. It was the only U.S. military unit since the Civil War to be recruited by a civilian entity, the National Ski Patrol. Many of its soldiers were skiers, some forest rangers, lumberjacks, others outfitters and guides, anyone that could take care of themselves out of doors in all four seasons. The Division trained at Camp Hale, Colorado and Camp Swift Texas until January 1945 when they were the last U.S. Army division committed to the European Theatre. The Division fought in northern Italy for over 110 days in combat, took every objective and never retreated. 1,000 of the division were lost in action, many more wounded.
Much more information about the Division and its Foundation can be found here.