Watertown in Jefferson County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
10th Mountain Division Monument
World War II
The North Country Honors The Mountain Monument
The United State Army began training select skiers and mountaineers as the Army's first "ski troops" soon after the onset of World War II. The National Ski Patrol led the recruiting effort, championed by its founder, Charles Minot "Minnie" Dole. These ski units were activated as the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in July 1943 at Camp Hale, Colorado. Soldiers like, John D. Magrath, depicted in the relief and the Division's sole WWII Medal of Honor recipient, honed their skiing and mountaineering skills in the Colorado Rockies. In November 1944, the Division was re-designated the 10th Mountain Division.
By January 1945 the 10th Mountain Division was executing combat patrols in Northern Italy. During the night of February 18, 1945, the Division executed a daring climb and surprise assault on Riva Ridge defeating German defenders. The following night the assault continued with the capture of Mount Belvedere, breaking the German defensive line in the Apennine Mountains. After another two months of intensive combat, the Division led the charge across the Po River Valley. The 10th Mountain was the first Allied unit to cross the mighty Po
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1943.
Location. 43° 57.719′ N, 75° 53.362′ W. Marker is in Watertown, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Thompson Park east of Thompson Blvd., on the right when traveling east. Located in Thompson Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watertown NY 13601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reactivation and Contingency Operations (a few steps from this marker); The Global War on Terrorism (a few steps from this marker); Early Settlers of Watertown (approx. 1.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Roswell Pettibone Flower (approx. 1.4 miles away); Public Square Fountain (approx. 1.4 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Henry Keep Home (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watertown.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2021, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2021, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.