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Photos of the August 2007 10th Mountain Division Assocation Reunion in Denver, CO

Photos of the August 2007 10th Mountain Division Assocation Reunion in Denver, CO

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  • Diane, are you a member of the 10th Mtn Descendants? This is a group of family members and friends of 10th Mtn veterans. Here is the link. www.10thmtndivdesc.org/ . You can also get information from the on the Association of the 10th Mtn Division web site. www.10thmtndivassoc.org/ Mike Plum is the association president. His email is plummike@aol.com. He may point you in the right direction. We are having our next reunion at Fort Drum in July of this year. If you are not a member, you should join. Our association newspaper has loads of information on what the associations are doing there is a link on the web site for the 'The Blizzard' If you will send me your contact information to my AOL account, gamefish42@aol.com, I get you included on the reunion mailing list.
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  • Hi, my name is Diane Byrne and my father William (Billy) Byrne who was born and raised in Harrington Pk,NJ was in the 10th mtn. during WW II. I am trying to find anyone who might have known and or served with him. I know he mentioned Camp Hale and one friend he had was named Lyle
    Bryner who last lived in Utah. If you have any info you can share with me I would so
    appreciate it. Thanks again. Smile and have a shiny day.
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  • i remember this hotel in colorado i loved this hotel it was so nice and always great staff with alot of respect for the 10th mountain division !!!
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  • 1.  
  • 2. ATTENDEES Robert J. Wiebel Msgt. USAF Retired 1968 ~ 1989 3 Generations of Military Service Thomas J. Wiebel Major USA, NGB Military Intelligence 10 th Mountain Division 2nd INF / 14th Battalion 03 July '98 - 22 Feb '02 Robert A. Wiebel Private USA, 86 E 1942 ~ 1944
  • 3. REUNION SCHEDULE
    • Monday & Tuesday, July 30-31
      • Tenth Foundation Meeting
    • Wednesday, August 1 st
      • Early Registration; National Board Meeting
    • Thursday, August 2 nd
      • Descendents Board Meeting
      • Registration
      • Hosted Reception
      • Welcome Banquet
    • Friday, August 3 rd
      • Resource Center Tours
      • Unit Dinners and Big Band Dance
    • Saturday, August 4 th
      • Resource Center Tours
      • Ladies’ & Men’s Luncheons
      • Afternoon & Evening Free
    • Sunday, August 5 th
      • Breakfast Buffet
      • Memorial Service
      • Farewell Banquet
    • Monday, August 6 th
      • Camp Hale Tour & Memorial Ceremony
  • 4. WHAT WE DID
    • Thursday, August 2 nd
      • Arrived In Denver
      • Registered
      • Attended Welcome Banquet
    • Friday, August 3 rd
      • Visited the Denver History Museum
      • Visited Louisville and the Wildwood Guitar -and Hard Rock Café - Enjoyed Happy Hour at Maggiano’s Little Italy
      • Attended the 86 th Unit Dinner & Attended the Big Band Dance
    • Saturday, August 4 th
      • Visited the Resource Center
      • Ate Dinner at Denver’s Oldest Restaurant, the Buckhorn Restaurant
    • Sunday, August 5 th
      • Breakfast Buffet
      • Visited Black Hawk & Central City
      • Shopped at Bass Pro Shop
      • Dad’s Oral History Video Tape
      • Farewell Banquet
    • Monday, August 6 th
      • Camp Hale Tour & Memorial Ceremony
    • Tuesday, August 7 th
      • Traveled home to Florida and Virginia
  • 5. MARRIOTT TECH CENTER HOTEL PHOTOGRAPHS
  • 6. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 2nd Hotel Lobby Front Desk Denver Marriott Tech Center
  • 7. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 2 nd Decedents Information Table Reunion Registration Denver Marriott Tech Center
  • 8. 10 TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION BANNER IN HOTEL ATRIUM
  • 9. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 2ND Waiting to check in. Welcome Banquet Over Flow Room
  • 10. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 2ND Posting of the Colors Talking With 99 th INF Vet
  • 11. 10 th Mountain Division Documentary The Last Ridge Documentary was shown as part of the welcome banquet.
  • 12. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3rd Colorado State Capital We have Arrived
  • 13. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3th Dad Taking A Picture Colorado Historical Society Colorado Historical Museum Front Entry
  • 14. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3rd Robert and Dad 10 th Mountain Exhibit Colorado Historical Museum
  • 15. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3rd Robert and Thomas at 10 th Mountain Exhibit Colorado Historical Museum Thomas Riding High
  • 16. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3th Downtown Denver Old Spaghetti Factory Downtown Denver
  • 17. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3th Day trip to Louisville, CO
  • 18. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3th Taking A Break At Maggiano’s Little Italy Denver Hard Rock Cafe
  • 19. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3th Denver Architecture Denver Art Museum
  • 20. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3th Sending Text-Message To His Mother Unit Dinner
  • 21. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3th Many Faces of Dad At The Unit Dinner
  • 22. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3th Thomas At His Best Story Telling Thomas At The Unit Dinner
  • 23. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 3th Big Band Dance
  • 24. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Denver Public Library Dad & Thomas Resource Center Visit Thomas & Robert
  • 25. SKI-ZETTE PHOTOS Hale & Hearty Article from Ski-Zette Feburary 18, 1944
  • 26. HAEL & HEARTY PROGRAM PFC Robert (Bob) Wiebel as Bluff
  • 27. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Resource Center Architecture Posing Thomas Thomas At The Unit Dinner
  • 28. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Thomas Dad and Robert Thomas Explaining Patch Location 10 th Mt. Living History Display
  • 29. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Thomas Talking Shop 10 th Mt. Living History Display
  • 30. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Army Snow Cat 10 th Mt. Living History Display Army Weasel
  • 31. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Dad and a Weasel 10 th Mt. Living History Display
  • 32. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Mountain Tent Automatic Weapons 10 th Mt. Living History Display
  • 33. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Machine Guns and Rifles Rifles 10 th Mt. Living History Display
  • 34. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Mountain Gear 10 th Mt. Living History Display
  • 35. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Medical Tent 10 th Mt. Living History Display
  • 36. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Inside Medical Tent 10 th Mt. Living History Display
  • 37. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th 10 th Mt. Living History Display WAC Clothing
  • 38. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Communication Gear Display Area 10 th Mt. Living History Display
  • 39. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Unit Flags & Uniforms Private 10 th Mountain Collection
  • 40. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th 10 th Mountain Uniforms Ski Display Private 10 th Mountain Collection
  • 41. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Catholic Priest Display Communication Display Private 10 th Mountain Collection
  • 42. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Mule Skinner Gear 10 th Mountain Pins, Badges and Patches Private 10 th Mountain Collection
  • 43. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 4th Denver’s Oldest Restaurant Buckhorn Express Dinner On The Town
  • 44. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 5th Frontier Airline Sponsored Breakfast Buffet
  • 45. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 5th Black Hawk / Central City Car Tour
  • 46. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 5th Black Hawk / Central City Car Tour Denver Outdoor World
  • 47. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 5th Hotel Atrium From Dad’s Room
  • 48. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 5th Farewell Banquet Waiting For Dinner
  • 49. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 5th Farewell Banquet Dad at Dinner Living History Members
  • 50. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Camp Hale Tour Camp Hale, Colorado
  • 51. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Road From Leadville Camp Hale Tour
  • 52. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Camp Hale Tour
  • 53. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Tennessee Pass Memorials Camp Hale Tour
  • 54. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th 10 th Mountain Division Memorial Tennessee Pass Camp Hale Tour
  • 55. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Thomas and Robert 10 th Mountain Division Memorial Tennessee Pass Camp Hale Tour
  • 56. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th 99 th Infantry Battalion Memorial Tennessee Pass Private 10 th Mountain Collection
  • 57. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Living History Participants Dad and Thomas Camp Hale Tour
  • 58. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Attendees Gather Alpine Horn Player Camp Hale Tour
  • 59. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th 6 Buses Arrive From Denver Waiting For Memorial To Start Camp Hale Tour
  • 60. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Veterans, Descendents and Families Faces In The Crowd Camp Hale Tour
  • 61. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Memorial Introduction Master of Ceremonies Camp Hale Tour
  • 62. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Presenting the Colors Mountain Rescue Color Guard Camp Hale Tour
  • 63. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Presenting the Colors Camp Hale Tour
  • 64. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Reading of Poem Soldiers Never Cry Presenting the Memorial Wreath Camp Hale Tour
  • 65. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Presenting the Wreath Camp Hale Tour
  • 66. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Memorial Wreath Playing Taps Camp Hale Tour
  • 67. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Raising of the Flag to Full Mast Color Guard Camp Hale Tour
  • 68. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Color Guard Color Guard Camp Hale Tour
  • 69. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Memorial Ceremony Ends Crowd Disburses Camp Hale Tour
  • 70. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Memorial Wreath Camp Hale Tour
  • 71. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Buses At Lunch Camp Hale Tour
  • 72. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th On The Way To Camp Hale Camp Hale Tour
  • 73. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Camp Hale Valley Camp Hale Tour
  • 74. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Camp Hale Story Plaques Camp Hale Tour
  • 75. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Thomas Camp Hale Valley Camp Hale Tour
  • 76. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Camp Hale Valley Looking South Thomas Looking North Camp Hale Tour
  • 77. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Valley Photos Camp Hale Tour
  • 78. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Mountain Flowers Camp Hale Tour Building Pad
  • 79. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Valley Photos Camp Hale Tour
  • 80. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Camp Hale Tour Valley Photos
  • 81. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Valley Photos Camp Hale Tour
  • 82. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Valley Photos Camp Hale Tour
  • 83. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Valley Photos Camp Hale Tour
  • 84. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Historical Marker Valley View Camp Hale Tour
  • 85. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Rocky Mountains Thomas Looking Down Camp Hale Tour
  • 86. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Ski Trooper Statue - Vail Camp Hale Tour
  • 87. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th 10 th Mountain Statue in Vail Camp Hale Tour
  • 88. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Camp Hale Tour 10 th Mountain Statue in Vail
  • 89. PHOTOGRAPHS AUGUST 6th Thomas On A Bike Camp Hale Tour Robert In Vail
  • 90. It All Started Here November 30, 1940 - "Planning Ski Patrols for U.S. Army" Left to right standing: Lloyd C. Ellingson, Sec. of Nat'l Ski Assoc.; Lt. Col C.E. Hurdis; Robert D. Johns, Chairman of Lacrosse Committee; John E.P. Morgan; Charles M. Dole, Exec Sec. of Winter Home Defense Committee; Seated: Roger Langley, Pres Nat'l Ski Assoc.; Lt. Col N.M. Walker November 30, 1940 - "Planning Ski Patrols for U.S. Army" Left to right standing: Lloyd C. Ellingson, Sec. of Nat'l Ski Assoc.; Lt. Col C.E. Hurdis; Robert D. Johns, Chairman of Lacrosse Committee; John E.P. Morgan; Charles M. Dole, Exec Sec. of Winter Home Defense Committee; Seated: Roger Langley, Pres Nat'l Ski Assoc.; Lt. Col N.M. Walker November 30, 1940 - "Planning Ski Patrols for U.S. Army" Left to right standing: Lloyd C. Ellingson, Sec. of Nat'l Ski Assoc.; Lt. Col C.E. Hurdis; Robert D. Johns, Chairman of Lacrosse Committee; John E.P. Morgan; Charles M. Dole, Exec Sec. of Winter Home Defense Committee; Seated: Roger Langley, Pres Nat'l Ski Assoc.; Lt. Col N.M. Walker
  • 91. Old 10 th Mountain Division & Camp Hale Photos
  • 92. Old 10 th Mountain Division & Camp Hale Photos
  • 93. Old 10 th Mountain Division & Camp Hale Photos Camp Hale Valley
  • 94. Old 10 th Mountain Division & Camp Hale Photos
  • 95. Rocky Mt. News August 3, 2007 They were mountain men, not unlike the trappers who first scoured Colorado's unexplored high country in search of animals. Instead of fur-bearing critters, however, the men of the 10th Mountain Division were hunting other men - German soldiers - in Italy during World War II. The Americans trained at Camp Hale near Leadville before shipping out to Italy, where they fought up that country's spine, the Apennine Mountains, meeting, beating and chasing away their German enemies. Of about 15,000 who went, about 1,000 were killed, and more than four times that were wounded in three months. Despite suffering severe casualties, the 10th Mountain men never gave up, never gave in. And they came home victorious. So about 1,000 - veterans, relatives and friends - are meeting for the last time as the 10th Mountain Division this week at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. After this, their descendents will take over business. Gary Massaro Massaro specializes in covering common folks who do something uncommon. Massaro has been a reporter since 1976. He has flown with the Navy Blue Angels, covered the MGM-Grand Hotel fire in Las Vegas, and traveled with Pope John Paul II from Rome to Jamaica to Mexico to Denver for World Youth Day in 1993, and was in Honolulu in 2001 to cover the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
  • 96. Denver Post Article Reunion's Indelible Memories By Bruce Finley Denver Post Staff Writer 08/07/2007 Tennessee Pass He crouched by the slick, polished slab and traced his forefinger over names chiseled into the granite. "There's Stepnowski. There's Koski," 82-year-old Al Wiedorn said. "Zeigler is almost at the bottom. He's the first one I found dead. Steiner was the second." Awarded Bronze and Silver Stars and a Purple Heart for his own bravery in the face of German fire that night in 1945 on Italy's Mount Belvedere, Wiedorn then paused silently by the monument, indelible memories taking him back. Enveloped in mist, he and about 200 other surviving World War II mountain-warfare veterans on Monday were honoring their 999 dead in what was billed as the final official reunion of their 10th Mountain Division. Monday's ceremony - laying a wreath of red and white flowers, bowing for Chaplain Webster Barnett's prayer to "help them to go safely to their home in due time" - also honored current U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pierre Delfausse, of Carmel, CA, begins to tear during a ceremony for World War II Veterans of the 10th Mountain Division. The veterans and their families and friends gathered for a wreath ceremony at their Memorial Monument atop Tennessee Pass near Leadville, CO. This weeks reunion marks what will be the last national reunion organized by World War II veterans of the 10th Mountain Division. (Post / Craig F. Walker)
  • 97. Rocky Mountain News Article The last reunion of the 10 th Tuesday, August 7 LEADVILLE — Tough guys cried Monday as they stood before a rose granite monument chiseled with 999 names of good buddies who never made it home from the war. The memorial of funeral stone sits on Tennessee Pass, a little more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Scores of men, mostly aged and feeble, gathered in what they say will be their final reunion for a service to commemorate their comrades in the 10th Mountain Division, which trained for World War II about 15 miles west of Leadville at Camp Hale. Even the sky wept from gunmetal gray clouds. Like green bayonets, Engelmann spruce and sub alpine fir towered above the monument, which was erected in 1959. Some men wiped away tears during the service, while others let the rain camouflage their grief. Still others clenched jaws so tight you couldn’t have jammed a needle into their cheeks. The men of the 10th came from Ivy League schools, Wyoming cow country, coal fields and beaches along each coast. Together in rugged training they forged bonds of trust and friendship, some of which endure to this day. Pierre Delfausse is helped by his son, Peter Delfausse, through the remains of the old field house of the 10th Mountain Division's Camp Hale on Monday. This is the last time members of the division from World War II will gather for a reunion. By Gary Massaro
  • 98. 10 th Mountain Division Banner Drawn by Thomas J. Wiebel at the Reunion.