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James A. Goodwin oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH214

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Goodwin's extensive mountaineering background, which qualified him for the 10th Mountain Division, -- experience in training mountain climbing to personnel of other Army units, at locations in Va., Camp Hale, and W.Va. -- training four to five hundred soldiers from 12 army Divisions -- techniques and equipment he used as well as his personal experiences in training Army personnel in mountaineering techniques -- his off-duty activities -- experiences as a combat Medic in the 85th Infantry Regiment, Company K in Italy -- his respect for German troops honoring his "medic" status allowing him to go behind German lines to retrieve American wounded -- opinion is that the Po Valley was the toughest fighting of the war for the 10th -- return to the U.S. and learning that the Japanese had surrendered.


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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 A. Goodwin was born in Hartford, Conn. on March 8, 1910. He attended Williams College, where he captained the ski team and later received a MA in History from Harvard. Goodwin volunteered for the 10th Mountain Division in 1942 and was initially assigned to 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment. He served as a mountain climbing instructor at Camp Hale, Colo., and later served as a medic with the 85th Infantry Retiment. Goodwin was stationed at Camp Hale, Tex. before being sent to Italy. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for his actions at Mt. Terminale on March 3, 1945 and Castel D'Aiano on April 14, 1945. He died in Keene, N.Y. on April 7, 2011 at the age of 101.


1 sound cassettes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Unknown;no date.


Repositorya also has: James A. Goodwin papers (TMD290).

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the James A. Goodwin oral history,1988
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Repository Details

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

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