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The other ski troopers

Dear Editor:The photograph of the U. S. Army ski troops marching in the January 1957 Wintersköl parade in the Jan. 21 Aspen Times Weekly are not 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops. Camp Hale was closed after World War II and the ski troops of the 10th were disbanded at that time.This photograph is of the Mountain & Cold Weather Training Command (MCWTC). After the gallant fighting of the 10th Ski Troopers in World War II, a few years later Congress decided the Army again needed their special forces to have training in mountain warfare that included skiing, climbing and cold weather survival skills. MCWTC, a small, elite group of soldiers with previous skiing and climbing skills who were serving in the Army, became ski troopers who served as instructors for this country’s special forces.MCWTC included former Olympic Team members Buddy Werner, Les Streeter, Marvin Crawford, Ralph Miller and famed mountain climbers Jim and Lou Whittaker. This March we will be holding a 50th reunion in Aspen for those of us who served in the MCWTC and we are hoping that some of the surviving members of the 10th will join us. Camp Hale was closed as an active Army base in 1957 and MCWTC was also deactivated that year.A number of current and former Aspenites who were in the Mountain & Cold Weather Training Command include Charlie Paterson, Paul Beck, Pietro Danieli, Lash Larsoo, Werner Kuster, Bud Marolt, Bob Craig and two civilian instructors attached to our unit, Curt Chase and John Morris.Peter GreeneCarbondale

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