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Cruz F. Rios oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH363

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Rios' experiences: basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif. as a member of the mortar group; landing at Kiska Island and staying until December 1943; arriving at Camp Hale in January 1944 and time spent at Camp Hale and Camp Swift; being dispatched to Italy and intense German fire in April 1945; description of a friend who was killed in action; time spent in San Michel after the war.


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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

Cruz F. Rios was born in Colton, Calif. on December 15, 1918 and enlisted in the Army on February 15, 1943 at Fresno, Calif. At the time of his enlistment he was unmarried, had completed two years of high school and working as a miner. Rios joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colo. where he was assigned to Company K of the 87th Infantry Regiment. He also served at Fort Ord, Calif.; Kiska, Alaska; Camp Carson, Colo.; Camp Swift, Tex. and in Italy. During combat operations in the Apennines and Po River Campaigns, Rios received the Bronze Star Medal for his actions in Spring 1945. He attained the rank of Private First Class and also received the Good Conduct, Asiatic Pacific, and European Theater Medals, as well as the Combat Infantryman's Badge.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Abbie Kealy;2004.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the Cruz F. Rios oral history,2003[videorecording]
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Repository Details

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

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