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H. Robert Krear oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH438

Scope and Contents

The interview provides biographical information and personal observations about Krear's experiences with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II: early life in Pa. including: elementary and high school, as well as effects of the depression on his family; time at Penn State University and participation on Ski team; joining the military and deciding to stay after early injury; arriving at Camp Hale and the training that took place there; assignment to weapons and rifle platoons; move to Camp Swift and the changes encountered; Gen Hays designation for mountain troops as 10 Mountain Division; crossing the Atlantic and arriving at Naples; early time in the area of Belvedere as a key strategic area; general description of taking Belvedere, crossing the Gothic line, and other battles leading to the Po River and Lake Garda; time after the war at ski locations; completing PhD and career as a wildlife biologist; participation in expeditions to Alaska and creation of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


  • 2001


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

H. Robert "Bob" Krear was born in Pa. in 1922. He enlisted in the Army on October 12, 1942 at Chambersburg, Pa. Krear volunteered for the ski troops in May 1943 and arrived at Camp Hale, Colo, in June. He was assigned to Company L of the 86th Infantry Regiment. During the Italian Campaign, he earned the Expert Infantry Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal. Following the War, Krear graduated with a degree in Forestry from Penn State University. He received his MS degree in Zoology from the University of Wyoming and a PhD in Biology from the University of Colorado. He taught for many years, and also spent fifteen years as a seasonal professional naturalist in several national parks.


1 videodiscs (DVD)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Brad Hoopes;2007.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the H. Robert Krear oral history,March 21, 2001
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Repository Details

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

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