In 1958, WWII veterans of the 10th Mountain Division established the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation (Foundation) to memorialize the history and exceptional achievements of the 10th Mountain Division; and to perpetuate its legacy for future generations. The Foundation administers financial support for a variety of programs related to its purpose.
Memorializing the 10th: In the late ‘50’s, the Foundation’s first project was the erection of a red-granite memorial monument on the summit of Tennessee Pass, Colorado, near the wartime site of Camp Hale and the Cooper Hill ski training area. Upon its gleaming surface are etched the names of comrades who made the supreme sacrifice while serving our country in WWII. Completed in 1959, the Foundation dedicated 10th Mountain Division Monument 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 lost 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.
Providing scholarships: The Foundation awards scholarships for financially needy direct and legally adopted descendants of 10th Mountain Division World War II veterans each year, subject to the availability of funds. During the course of this program, the Foundation provided hundreds of annual scholarships.
Collecting and sharing memories: In 1987, the National Association created the “10th Mountain Division Resource Center” involving 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 National Association and Foundation share funding for 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 WWII.
The Board and you: The Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt Colorado corporation and qualifies under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As of 2009, descendants and associates of the WWII veterans comprise the Board Officers, and remain committed to the Foundation’s goals.
The Foundation relies on donations and bequests for funding of projects and good works. Donations can be made in various forms: monetary donations to the Foundation’s unrestricted funds; a bequest to the Foundation in your will; and sending any archival materials (documents, letters, photographs, memorabilia, or equipment, etc.) to the Resource Center for preservation and incorporation into the information base the Foundation helps to maintain.
Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc. 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 200 Lakewood, CO 80228 Phone: 303-756-8486; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org