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.
After the war, the Division was decommissioned and its members scattered to ski
areas all over the country working in mountain management, on ski patrols, ski
schools in opening new areas. Veterans of the World War II 10th Mountain Division are often credited with founding the modern American ski industry.
Mountain Division was reactivated in 1985 and is
based today at Fort Drum, New York. Since its
reactivation, the Division has been the most
deployed of all U.S. Army divisions since the Second World War.
To honor the original World War II division and
the current 10th Mountain Division based at Ft. Drum, New York, Skilogik and
the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, Inc. offer this commemorative ski. The
current 10th Mountain Division is the most deployed military division since the
Second World War.
To honor both the World War II and current divisions, Skilogik and the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, Inc. have partnered to offer the commemorative ski shown at the left. The image on the Skilogik ski is of the statue “Military Mountaineers,” by Susan Grant Raymond, located in front of the Division Headquarters building at Ft. Drum. The statue depicts a World War II soldier belaying a current 10th Mountain Division soldier, extending the tradition of American alpine soldiers.
Join us in honoring all American alpine soldiers! A portion of the price of each pair of skis sold will be donated to the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, Inc., an IRS-recognized charity. Your ski purchase forwards the mission of the Foundation, to preserve and promote the tradition of the American alpine soldier.
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10th Mountain Division charity vehicle license plates will be available Jan. 1, 2015.
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