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William H. Julian oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH247

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Julian's volunteering for service at age 17; transport experience aboard the USS Argentina and landing in Naples, Italy; difficulty with skiing; rock climbing lessons; arriving by train in Pisa, Italy; Riva Ridge: weather, climbing, counterattacks, death of Fernandez, wounds received; hospitalization; nightmares; picking up supplies in Campiano; capturing German soldiers in the Po Valley; involvement with the national association in the 1980s; later visits to Italy and the hospitality of the people.


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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

William H. Julian was born in Leesburg, Tex. on February 13, 1926 and in December 1943 at age 17 joined the Army Reserve. He was later assigned to Company A of the 86th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division and served at Camp Swift, Tex. before being sent to Italy. Juilan was a member of an assault platoon that captured Mount Pizzo di Campiano on Riva Ridge in January 1945. Twice wounded, he received two Purple Heart and two Bronze Star medals.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

William H. Julian;gift;2006. Myrna Hampton;gift;2006.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the William H. Julian oral history,2001-2005[videorecording]
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Repository Details

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

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