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Charles W. Thweatt Papers

Identifier: TMD395

Content Description

This collection contains materials from Charles W. Thweatt detailed his experiences and responsibilities in the 10th Mountain Division of the United States Army during World War II. Content includes military records, photographic prints, correspondence, and newspaper clippings collected during the war and later on in his life.


  • 1943-2019


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Charles William Thweatt was born on March 6, 1920 in Kentucky to Rexie and Elsie Thweatt. He enlisted as a private in the United States Army on October 14, 1941 in Louisville, Kentucky. In the 10th Mountain Division, Thweatt served at Camp Hale, Colorado; Camp Swift, Texas; in Italy; and at Camp Carson, Colorado. During his time in the Army he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant in the 126th Mountain Engineer Battalion, Company C (126-C). While overseas in Italy, Army documentation notes he was awarded a Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action on 23 April 1945, near San Benedetto, Italy. After the war, he married Cecile M. (Long) Thweatt on May 2, 1944. The couple had five children. Thweatt passed away on December 12, 1986.


1 box (.5 linear feet)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Charles Thomas Thweatt, 2022.

Separated Materials

Some items from this donation were transferred to History Colorado. These items include: - Carving of 10th Mountain Soldier on skis, skiing down a ski. (Carved by Charles W.Thweatt) on a ski used at camp Hale. - Carved wooden knife and monogram initials, carved at camp Hale, sent home to his wife, Cecile Thweatt. (my mother) - Various uniform patches - Climb to Glory DI pin (We destroy and Build) original with horizontal pin. - 10th Mountain Scarf (see pics) Charles W. Thweatt on far right. - Mountaineers book (written by Theodore Lockwood) - “This Damn Tree Leaks” Book with signatures of fellow servicemen. - Camp Hale Colorado, picture book copyright 1943

Charles W. Thweatt Papers
Adrian Johnson
April 11, 2023
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Repository Details

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

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States