10th Mountain veterans gather

ISHPEMING – The Upper Peninsula Chapter of the 10th Mountain Division held its annual meeting recently at the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of fame in Ishpeming.

Attending the meeting were Walt Cook of Marquette, Don Stille of Ishpeming and Bob Jensen of Escanaba. In addition, several widows of deceased members attended the gathering.

The U.P. was well represented in the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, which was a skiing unit that saw extensive action in northern Italy during World War II.

The ski and snowboard hall of fame has a display dedicated to the division and several members of the unit are members of the hall, including the late Joe Perrault of Ishpeming who was awarded the Silver Star in Italy for carrying a wounded comrade to safety through a mine field.