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John B. Woodward oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH307

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Williams' experiences: training with the 41st Division at Mt. Rainer; manufacture and design of ski clothing and equipment; volunteering for the 10th Mountain Division being formed at Camp Hale, Colo.; early types of skis used and how skiers were rated at Camp Hale; during Italian campaigns, none of the American ski equipment was sent over, so soldiers used Italian equipment; being in the ski equipment business 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

John Woodward was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on February 18, 1915 and moved with his family to Seattle, Wash. in 1927. He learned to ski at a young age with the Boy Scouts and was involved in R.O.T.C. at the University of Washington. Woodward joined the Army in 1940 as a 1st Lieutenant and began his military service at Fort Lewis, Wash. before transferring to Camp Hale, Colo. Initially assigned to the 41st Infantry Division Ski Patrol and later with the 3rd Infantry Ski Division, he subsequently served with Company B of the 87th Infantry Regiment; 10th Mountain Division Reconnaissance Troop and the 3rd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment Headquarters before joining the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment Headquarters. He was also stationed at Camp Swift, Tex. before being sent to Italy. Woodward was awarded two Bronze Star medals for his service at Castel D'Aiano in March 4-8, 1945 and at S. Benedetto near the Po River on April 23, 1945. He achieved the rank of Major.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;John Woodward;2007.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the John B. Woodward oral history,2007[videorecording]
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Repository Details

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

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Denver CO 80204 United States