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Roe Duke Watson oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH243

Scope and Contents

The collection includes CD and DVD interviews of Duke Watson 2004 and 1986, transcript of interview and some correspondence. Stella Degenhardt interviews Watson about his early life and his experiences with the 10th Mountain Division. Also included is an interview by D. A. Schmechel.


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Pubic Library, Denver, Colorado.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Alton, Illinois. Studied forestry at the University of Michigan. After graduation moved to Washington, where he worked as a logger. With the outbreak of World War II, he was one of the first to volunteer for the ski troops. Trained at Fort Lewis and Mount Rainier, and was part of the Columbia Ice Fields expedition. Trained at Camp Hale, Colorado; Camp Swift, Texas and served in Italy. Company commander in the 86th Infantry Regiment. Wounded in action near Mount della Torraccia on February 24, 1945. Following the War, owned a wholesale lumber company and remained active in mountain climbing, and was still hiking at age 88.


1 audiovisual envelope(s)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Roe Duke Watson, 2005.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of: 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

Finding Aid for the Roe Duke Watson oral history,1986, 2004[manuscript]
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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