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Paul R. Lafferty and John Skillern oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH224

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about the 10th Mountain Division: the origins of the 10th Mountain Division; Lafferty and Skillern discuss prominent people in early days of skiing and the origins of the Mountain Training Center (the first choice was actually Henry Lake, Wyo.). They also discuss testing of mountain equipment, clothing and rations; training other combat troops in rock climbing and mountaineering skills


  • circa 1987


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

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The collection is open for research.

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Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Paul R. Lafferty was born in Or. on August 17, 1910. He was married, had graduated from the University of Or. (1932) and working in his father's wholesale grocery business until enlisting in the U.S. Army after Pearl Habor. Laffery served as a Lt. Colonel with the 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Lewis, Calif., Camp Hale, Colo., and at Camp Swift, Tex. He was assigned to Company A 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, Headquarters Company 86th Mountain Infantry Regiment, and 10th Mountain Infantry Division, Headquarters Company. Lafferty died in Or. on January 13, 1992. -- John Skillern was born in Boise, Idaho on November 29, 1920 and enlisted in the Army on August 3, 1942 at Portland, Or. At the time of his enlistment, he was married, and had completed 4 years of college. Skillern joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colo.and later served at Camp Swift, Tex., and in Italy. He was assigned to 10th Mountain Training Group, RECON squad, Company A and Services Company of the 86th Infantry Regiment. He attained the rank of Sergeant. Skillern died on January 6, 2011 in Lane County, Or.


1 sound cassettes

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

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

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