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William R. "Sarge" Brown, Jr. oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH395

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Brown's experiences: learning to ski as a child in Idaho; enlisting in the Army after Pearl Harbor; basic training in Georgia at Ft.Lewis; being assigned to Camp Hale and description of training; being a weapons platoon sergeant at Camp Swift; going to Italy and time in Austria after the Germans surrendered; being deployed to Korea from Ft. Carson in June 1950; being asked by Minnie Dole to develop a Mountain Training Center at Dartmouth College; becoming General Manager of Vail, Colo. Ski Resort and his role; people he knew.


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

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

William R. "Sarge" Brown was born in Idaho on October 5, 1922 and enlisted in the Army on November 14, 1942 at Portland, Ore. At the time of his enlistment he was married and had completed one year of college. Brown served with Companies A and L of the 86h Infantry Regiment at Camp Hale, Colo. In Italy, he received the Silver Star Medal for his actions at Mt. Della Torraccia on February 26, 1945 and a Bronze Star Medal at Tole on April 19, 1945. Brown was seriously wounded in Italy and spent a number of months in a hospital. He later served in the Korean War and taught mountaineering skills for the Dartmouth ROTC. In 1966, Brown moved to Vail, Colo. and managed the construction of ski lifts and trails. He succeeded in getting the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championship held at Vail, Colo. and was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame (1982) and the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame (1990). Brown died on September 14, 2008 in Grand Junction, Colo.


1 videodiscs (DVD)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Roaring Fork Valley Historical Association;2008.

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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