Thanks 10th Mountain Division — Memorial Day 2012

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10th Soldiers were media stars of the 1940s -- and deserved it.

10th Soldiers were media stars of the 1940s -- and deserved it -- though let's not forget the thousands of others who sacrificed in WWII.

Memorial Day today. Yeah, we could write about stuff we or our friends have fun with, but that’s the wrong spotlight. Instead, let’s pause and consider the time our soldiers went and helped save Europe. WWII. More than 400,000 American fighters lost their lives in that war, among them about a thousand from the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, our skiing soldiers.

To honor those guys, I’ve got two links here at WildSnow.com.

First, an article I wrote some time ago that’s a brief synopsis of 10th Mountain Division history written in a more realistic and less worshipful fashion than other histories you’ll find out there.

Also, our re-creation of the Trooper Traverse route the soldiers skied over the high peaks from Leadville, Colorado to Aspen in the early 1940s before they went to war.

Again, from us here at WildSnow.com, thanks WWII 10th Mountain soldiers — as well as those who came after.

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2 Responses to “Thanks 10th Mountain Division — Memorial Day 2012”

  1. Bobby May 28th, 2012 10:34 am

    Cheers to all who have served……..

  2. Mark W May 28th, 2012 10:13 pm

    Thanks to those who served and sacrificed all. I must admit that the 10th Mountain Division stories and lore really hold my interest so well as these guys were amazing athletes–climbers, skiers, real mountain men.

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