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Victor T. Eklund oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH375

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Eklund's experiences: joining the 10th Mountain Division while serving as a member of the Coastal Division of the army infantry after meeting a senior member of the Sierra Club; receiving three letters of recommendation after time at Ft. Lewis; arrival at Camp Hale, Colo.; interaction between enlisted men and officers; acting as liaison between the 85th and 86th Infantry Regiments; preparing for an attack at Della Torraccia and being wounded during the attack; remaining unconsciouses before being taken to an aid station; limited duty and overseeing POWs; cultural difference between German and Italian POWs; after discharge being a disabled veteran; joining the National Park Service.


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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

Victor Terhune Eklund, Sr. was born on November 12, 1918 in Woodburn, Iowa. He served with the 10th Mountain Division as a 1st Lieutenant. First with Company B of the 87th Infantry Regiment, but later with Company I of the 86th Infantry Regiment. Eklund was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., Jolon, Calif., Camp Hale, Colo., Camp Swift, Tex., and in Italy. During combat operations in Italy Eklund received a Bronze Star medal for his actions at Mount Della Torraccia, February 20-24, 1945. He was also wounded in action on February 24, 1945 and received the Purple Heart. Eklund was a past president of the Mount Ranier Chapter of the 10th Mountain Division Association, and recipient of the National Distinguished Service Award in 2004. He died in Colorado Springs, Colo. on December 10, 2007.


1 videodiscs (DVD)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Abbie Kealy;2008.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the Victor T. Eklund oral history,[videorecording]
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Repository Details

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

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