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James Vincent Keck oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH380

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Keck's experiences: basic training at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. and being a member of the rifle group; training with the Army Air Corp but unable to find a permanent assignment; joining the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colo. just before the Division moved to Camp Swift, Tex.; travel to Italy aboard the West Point and landing in Naples; time in Italy at Riva Ridge, Mt. Belvedere; time in a German trench on top of Belvedere when several Germans surrendered; being wounded during the April offensive and being in a hospital when the war ended; time spent at the Yugoslavian border; being discharged from Camp McCoy, Wisc.


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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

James Vincent Keck was born in Onida, S.D. on September 30, 1923. During World War II, he served with the 10th Mountain Division. He was assigned to the 85th Infantry Regiment, Company I. While engaged in combat operations against the German Army in Italy, Keck was wounded in action on Hill 913 near Castel d' Aaino and received a Bronze Star medal on April 14, 1945. He achieved the rank of sergeant. Following the war, Keck pursued a career in the insurance industry.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Vickie Johnson;2005.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the James Vincent Keck 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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