History of the Tenth Mountain Division
In 1958, WW II veterans of the 10th Mountain Division established the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation (Foundation) to memorialize the history and exceptional achievements of the Division; and to perpetuate its legacy for future generations. The Foundation administers financial support for a variety of programs related to its purpose.
The Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt Colorado corporation and is an approved charitable organization under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its Officers, an Executive Committee and a National Board of Directors manage the business affairs of the Foundation. Today, descendants and associates of the WW II veterans comprise the Board and remain committed to the Foundation’s goals.
In the late 1950’s, the Foundation’s first and most significant project was the erection of a red-granite memorial monument at the summit of Tennessee Pass, Colorado, near the wartime site of Camp Hale and the Cooper Hill ski training area (now Ski Cooper). Upon its gleaming surface are etched the names of 1,000 comrades who made the supreme sacrifice while serving our country in WW II. Completed in 1959, the Foundation dedicated the 10th Mountain Division Memorial on Memorial Day of that year. Since then, the Foundation has conducted a Memorial Service annually on the nationally observed Memorial Day.
In addition to the continuing maintenance of the Memorial Monument, the Foundation provides funds for placement of flowers every Memorial Day at the gravesites of the 326 soldiers of the Tenth killed in battle, and who remain interred at the American Military Cemetery near Florence, Italy. The Foundation also arranges for the placement of a wreath during the official Memorial Day ceremonies at that Cemetery.
The Foundation awards scholarships for financially needy direct and legally adopted descendants of 10th Mountain Division WW II veterans each year, subject to the availability of funds. During the course of this program, the Foundation has provided hundreds of annual scholarships.
In 1987, the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division created the “10th Mountain Division Resource Center” in partnership with the Foundation. the Denver Public Library and the Colorado Historical Society. These organizations, in cooperation with the National Association and the Foundation, gather and preserve all personal papers, documents, records, photographs, maps and material of the men of the 10th. The Foundation funds this archival work, which includes the maintenance of a digital database of information for about 30,000 men who served in or were attached to the 10th Mountain Division during WW II.
Veterans and Descendants are encouraged to submit applications for Foundation Grants to fund “good works” projects that fit within the Foundation Mission and commemorate the 10th Mountain Division.
The Foundation relies on donations, both monetary and non-monetary, to support projects and good works.
Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc. 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 200 Lakewood, CO 80228 Phone: 303-756-8486; E-mail: email@example.com