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John H. Pierpont oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH233

Scope and Contents

Discusses Pierpont at Camp Hale in December of 1942. Recalls drills and practices in 20 degrees below zero weather. Went to Kiska in July of 1943. Served in Italy taking part in the assault on Mt. Belvedere. Talks about men being killed by minefields and grenades that Germans lobbed when they were pretending to surrender. Recalls partisans who killed Germans at night and his furlough in Rome. Concludes with post war information about the 10th Mountain Division Association.


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public 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

Grew up in Massachusetts. Learned to ski at age 6 and was on the ski team in college. Graduated from Harvard in 1939 and joined Army in August 1942. Started as a private, promoted to Corporal, demoted from Corporal and eventually made Sergeant. Principal unit was the 85th Infantry Company D. Served at Fort Carson, Camp Hale and Kiska. Quartered near the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Saw action on Mt. Belvedere and Mt. Della Spe. Earned Bronze Star.


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Typed index available.

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Typed transcript of tape available.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Georgianna Contigulia, 2000.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the John H. Pierpont oral history,1992[sound recording]
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Repository Details

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