The 10th Mountain Division on Mount Rainier
Posted: April 5th, 2017, 12:10 pm
My grandfather (or Farfar, as my family called him) was in the 87th Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division from 1941 until early 1943. The 10th Mountain Division were soldiers on skis, and they trained on Mount Rainier. Farfar was also interested in photography, and he took his camera with him everywhere he went.
This last Christmas my father gave me a large envelope of pictures that my grandfather had taken leading up to and during WWII, including several from his time on Mount Rainier. I’m working on organizing all of the pictures so I can have them professionally scanned and archived. In the meantime I’ve been using the Photo Scan app on my phone to share them. It works really well sometimes, and not so great other times. It’s good enough for the purposes of this blog.
I’ve tried to put the photos in chronological order, most have captions written on the back, which I’ve shared as the photo captions here.
Rollin (Red) Straight and my grandfather shoveling snow February, 1940
The flank of the mountain after a storm. March, 1942
Fogg taking pictures of the intermediate slalom race. March, 1942
Azevedo coming through the “elbow” in the beginner’s slalom. March, 1942
Ice falls of Cowlitz glacier between Mt Rainier and Little Tahoma from the saddle. May 1942
Top of Rainier from Sugarloaf. Elevation of mountain 14,408′, my elevation here about 8,500′. Note Nisqually icefall in the center of the picture. May, 1942.
Here’s a great picture of my grandfather:
Above Reflection Lake at base of Pinnacle (right) and Castle (left). May 1942
GIs sliding off “Saddle” onto Paradise glacier. Tatoosh Range in background. Battalion hike, Mount Rainier. May 1942.
Here’s my grandfather again, on the left:
Pvt. James Lill, U of O and I eating dinner (and cooking too – note the gas stove between and behind us) in bed at 8,000′ on an overnight hike. Mount Rainier, May, 1942.
The shield Joe Miller painted for my car. Joe was formerly an animator for Walt Disney. July, 1942.
Walt Stelter and George Nordgaard at Olympic Peninsula. September, 1942
Where flowers and glaciers meet.
Sometime in late 1942/early 1943 before the 10th Mountain Division deployed to Europe my grandfather did something to get promoted from enlisted to an officer and was transferred to another unit.