Near Leadville in Lake County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
10th Mountain Division Memorial
Summit: Tennessee Pass, Co
10th Mountain Division
World War II
In memory of our 990 comrades in arms who gave their lives on the WWII battlefields of Italy and the Aleutian Islands.
Northern Apennine Mountains, Po Valley, Kiska
Riva Ridge, Mt. Della Spe, Mt. Della Torraccia Mt. Grande, Mt. Belvedere, Mt. Della Castellana Mt. Moscoso, Po River, Lake Garda
Major Battles Riva Ridge, Mt. Della Spe, Mt. Della Torraccia, Mt. Grande, Mt. Belvedere, Mt. Della Castellana, Mt. Moscoso, Po River, Lake Garda Division Units 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 86th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 87th Mountain Infantry, Regiment 604th Mountain Artillery Battalion, 605th Mountain Artillery Battalion, 616th Mountain Artillery Battalion, 10th Mountain Anti-Tank Battalion, 110th Mountain Signal Company, HQ & HQ Btry 10th Mountain Div Arty, 10th Mountain Quartermaster Battalion, 10th Mountain Medical Battalion, HQ & HQ Co 10th Mountain Division, 126th Mountain Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Military Police Pltn, 10th Mountain Cavalry Recon Troop, 710th Mountain Ordnance Company Roll
(There are now 1000 names on the monument - including two unknowns, as more were added in 2009 - see link below)
Division trained at Camp Hale, Colorado, 1942, 1943, and 1944.
A finer combat organization has never existed 10th Mountain Division Association War Memorial Foundation, Inc., 1959
Erected 1959 by 10th Mountain Division Memorial Fund, Tenth Mountain Division Foundation.
Location. 39° 21.692′ N, 106° 18.631′ W. Marker is near Leadville, Colorado, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Tennessee Pass Rd, on the left when traveling south on U.S. 24. Touch for map. A nice parking area is provided with easy access to the kiosk and monuments. Marker is in this post office area: Leadville CO 80461, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Office of Stratigic Services (O.S.S.) NORSO (Rype Group) Special Force (within shouting distance of this marker); Norwegian Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Construction of Camp Hale (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Highest Compost Pile in the World (approx. 6½ miles away); Top Secret (approx. 6½ miles away); Skiing on Top of the World More Than Just a Mine (approx. 6½ miles away); Water Treatment Protects Downstream Users (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leadville.
Regarding 10th Mountain Division Memorial. 10th Mountain Division Memorial
Summit: Tennessee Pass, Colorado
A stunning and unique massive granite monolith sits atop “The 10th Mountain Division Highway” on the summit of Tennessee Pass in honor and memory of over 1000 United States soldiers killed in action or nearly one tenth of the 13,000 man 10th Mountain Division during world II. These men made the ultimate and supreme sacrifice on the island of Kiska, Aleutian Islands, in defense from invasion of the United States by Japanese forces, and the Apennine Mountains of Italy. In six months, the Division ultimately defeated over 100,000 German soldiers and accepted the full surrender of all German and Italian axes forces in Italy. Over 4,000 10th soldiers were wounded during the two campaigns. The entire Division trained in the Pando Valley at Camp Hale specifically constructed for the training of America’s only winter hardened mountain combat troops. Camp Hale lies five miles north of this location as well as Cooper Hill one mile east of this location where troops trained on skis.
Sharing the solemn but also beautiful Memorial site complex is an additional monument dedicated to the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate). “The Viking Battalion” originated at Camp Ripley, Minnesota and was comprised only of Norwegians or Americans of direct Norwegian decent. “The Viking Battalion” trained alongside the Tenth Mountain Division at both Camp Hale and Cooper Hill and ultimately fought German occupation in its native Norway in addition to continuing very successful campaigns of its own.
The Memorial was placed in 1959 by the then 10th Mountain Division Memorial Fund and was dedicated on Memorial Day of that year. Donations and funding for the Memorial became greater than needed and thus, Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc. became a reality.
Every year since then, memorial services are held on the observance of Memorial Day. The Foundation provides additional funds for flowers to be placed every Memorial Day at the grave sites of the 327 soldiers of the 10th who perished in battle and who remain interned at the American Cemetery near Florence, Italy.
The Tenth Mountain Division Foundation maintains the Memorial in conjunction with 10th Mountain Division Hut Association named in honor of the 10th which operates and maintains 32 backcountry ski to ski huts and is the largest hut system in the United Sates.
To learn much more about this unique American military history and the many additional organizations of the 10th Mountain Division, the current 10th Mountain Division Light and the “Viking Battalion” be sure and visit this beautiful Memorial which remembers those who sacrificed in perpetuity.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Tenth Mountain Foundation. The Tenth Mountain Division Foundation carries forward the legacy and memory of America’s World War II alpine and winter warfare soldiers. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by Erik Brun of Chester, Virginia.)
2. The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. 10th Mountain is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that manages a system of 34 back-country huts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, connected by 350 miles of suggested routes. We provide a unique opportunity for back-country skiing, mountain biking, or hiking while staying in secure, comfortable shelter. Our name honors the men of 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado. Hut visitors share the special spirit of these individuals, especially their pursuit of excellence, self reliance, and love of the outdoors. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by Erik Brun of Chester, Virginia.)
3. 10th Mountain Division Honor Roll. The Honor Roll from the 10th Mountain Division Association's webpage. After WWII, the Army assisted the families of fallen soldiers bring them home if they chose. The soldiers who remain in the American military cemeteries overseas are indicated on the list. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by Erik Brun of Chester, Virginia.)
4. 10th Mountain Division Resource Center, Denver Public Library. In 1987, the Denver Public Library teamed with the Colorado Historical Society Museum (now History Colorado) and the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division to create the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center. The Resource Center is the official repository for all records and artifacts related to the World War II 10th Mountain Division. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by Erik Brun of Chester, Virginia.)
5. 10th Mountain Division Descendants. If you are a Descendant of a Mountain soldier, please learn more about our organization. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by Erik Brun of Chester, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. US Army, Ski, Mountaineering,
Categories. • War, World II •
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