The 10th Mountain Division now based at Fort Drum New York was formed in World War II as a unit of elite troops with special operational skills adapted to mountain terrain.
10th Mountain Division Climb to Glory
Activated in 1943 at Camp Hale, Colorado, this mountain warfare is the subordinate unit of the XVIII Airborne Corps and the only division-sized element of the US Army to specialize in fighting under harsh terrain and weather conditions. The division retains the “mountain” designation for historical purposes but
is actually organized as a light infantry division.
Shoulder sleeve patch of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division
Consist of a white-bordered powder keg. The powder keg is in blue and, superimposed on it are two red bayonets crossed so as to form the Roman numeral “X”. The bayonets represent the Infantry and the numerical designation of the Division.
On a blue powder keg-like background, with a white border, two bayonets in saltire throughout scarlet fimbriated white.
The blue background and the bayonets are symbolic of infantry while the position of the bayonets in saltire simulates the numerical designation of the organization.
At Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, 1943-1944, the 10th Mountain Division was training troops in aid climbing, hand signals and use of muffled piton hammers. Likely, they had first ascents on many of classic climbing routes, although very few were recorded. During their stay the army used over 75,000 pitons into cliffs of Seneca Rocks and nearby Champe Rocks and Nelson Rocks, many of them still remaining. The 10th fought in the mountains of Italy in some of the roughest terrain in the country. After the war, the division was briefly redesignated as the 10th Infantry Division, a training unit, also seeing brief deployment to Germany before inactivation. The division was originally sent to the Pacific theater to take part in Operation Downfall, the invasion of mainland Japan but the Japanese surrendered in August 1945 following the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The division returned to the US two days later. It was demobilized and inactivated on November 30, 1945 at Camp Carson, Colorado. In June 1948, the division was rebuilt and activated at Fort Riley, Kansas to serve as a training division as the 10th Infantry Division for the next ten years.The 10th infantry division was charged with processing and training replacements in large numbers. This mission was expanded with the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. The 10th Infantry Division was deployed to Germany where if served for four years, replacing the 1st Infantry Division at Würzburg, serving as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization defensive force.It was rotated out and replaced by the 3rd Infantry Division and was moved to Fort Benning, Georgia then deactivated on June 14, 1958.
Distinctive Unit Insignia of the 10th Mountain Division (United States)
Reactivated in 1985, the division saw numerous deployments to contingencies throughout the 1990s. Division elements participated in Operation Desert Storm in 1990, Hurricane Andrew disaster relief in 1992, Operation Restore Hope in 1993, Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994 and Task Force Eagle in 1998. Since 2001, the division and its four combat brigades have seen numerous deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, Operation Anaconda in 2002, participated in different operations such as Operation Avalanche, Operation Mountain Resolve, and Operation Mountain Viper in 2003 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. The Division had several deployments to Afghanistan with several rotations to Iraq in 2006 to 2009 and hoping to relocate the home base of the 4th Brigade Combat Team from Fort Polk to Fort Drum before 2013.
The 10th distinguished itself in Italy during WWII by defeating German positions in the rugged mountains of northern Italy. After the war, several of the 10th Mountain Division members were instrumental in the development of the skiing industry throughout the United States.
10th Mountain Division Unit Rings
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