The Tennessee Pass Monument consists of monuments for the 10th Mountain Division and the 99th Infantry Battalion. Camp Hale was the home of the 10th Mountain Division, an unit of 15,000 men (1942-44). The 99th Infantry Battalion (1942-43) comprised of Norwegian and Norwegian Americans also trained here in mountaineering and skiing techniques during WWII.
The 10th saw combat in Italy in 1945, the 99th in Northern Europe and welcomed the Norwegian Royal Family home to Oslo Norway in June of 1945.
The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) recruited its Norwegian Operational Group from soldiers of the 99th Infantry in 1943. These OSS men jumped into France, Norway and some went on to operations in China against the Japanese.
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- Text: Erik Brun
- Photos: Erik Brun