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Don Coyte oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH208

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about testing of the 'Weasel", a tracked Army snow vehicle on the Columbian Ice fields in Canada. The Unit received Quonset huts, which they had to assemble on the glacier, this was claimed to be the first assembly of the Quonset hut in a field environment.


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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

Don F. Coyte was born May 22, 1917, the son of Edmund L. and Ellen L. Coyte. He enlisted in the Army on January 13, 1942. Coyte had completed 4 years of high school and was single at the time of his enlistment, and working as a sports instructor and ski patrolman. He Joined the 10th Mountain Division where he was assigned to Company G of the 86th Infantry Regiment and later served with Company A of the 87th Infantry Regiment. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. and Camp Hale, Colo. and also participated in the Columbia Ice Fields expedition in Canada. He broke his leg recreational skiing on the glacier, and was recruited for the Arctic Survival School on Mount Evans, Colo. and did not follow the 10th into combat in Italy. He passed away on December 24, 1990 in Spokane, Wash.


1 Audiocassette

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Unknown;no date.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

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

Finding Aid for the Don Coyte oral history,1986
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

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

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