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Pierson M. Ralph oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH430

Scope and Contents

The interview provide personal observation about Pierson's experiences with the 10th Mountain Division: joining the military while at the Colorado School of Mines; applied directly to the mountain troops; describes the communication system as used during combat; being injured while on Riva Ridge and being taken to the aid station and experiences in the hospital; experiences at Camp Hale and Camp Swift; how he spent time waiting for discharge.


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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

Pierson McMillian Ralph was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and enlisted in the Army in December of 1942. He was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's training camp at Camp Hale, Colo. Ralph served in the Headquarters Division 2nd Battalion and Headquarters Division 1st Battalion of the 86th Infantry Regiment. He moved with his unit to Camp Swift, Tex. to continue training before being deployed to Italy. In Italy Ralph earned a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in action on April 14, 1945 at Rocca di Roffeno. He attained the rank of T/5.


1 videocassette:sound, color ; 1/2 in. ;+ 1 envelope

Other Finding Aids

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Pierson Ralph;2005.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

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Repository Details

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

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