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Howard R. Koch Papers

Identifier: M2013

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence (1943-1945, 1986, 1999); OCS Class #359 photo (1944); copies of photographs (1945) and a copy of Koch's memoir (1999, 2002); copy of The Damn Tree Leaks by cartoonist Bill Mauldin used as an autograph album by members of Company C, 86th Infantry Regiment (ca.1945).


  • 1943-2002


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Howard Koch was born in Oakland, Calif. in 1925 and enlisted in the Army at San Francisco, Calif. in 1943. At the time of his enlistment he had one year of college and was unmarried. Koch joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colo. and also served at Camp Carson, Colo. before being sent to Italy. He served in several units: Headquarters of the 1st Battalion and of the 2nd Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division; Headquarters of the 2nd Battalion of the 87th Infantry Division; Company I of the 90th Infantry Regiment; Companies I, F and M of the 85th and Company C of the 86th Infantry Divisions. Koch was awarded the Bronze Star medal for his actions at Sassomolare in March 1945. He received an officer's commission during his Army career, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant.


1 envelope

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Howard Koch, 2002, 2010.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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


Photographs transferred to 10th Mountain Division Digitized Photographs Collection (TMD351)

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Repository Details

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

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