The 2003 Hall of Fame Inductees
Vermont Members of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division
Climb to conquer
For 2003, the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame selected the Vermont members of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division in WWII to receive this prestigious recognition. Our research has determined that more than 260 individuals are part of this elite group. Their heroism during the war deserves recognition in itself- and their contributions to the growth of skiing in Vermont and elsewhere after the war are remarkable. Together, this group represents many of the skiing industry's elite of the 20th Century. This induction provides the opportunity for all of us to recognize and thank them for their sacrifices and contributions.
The list of over 260 inductees (and growing!) was compiled from the rosters published by the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, beginning in 1945. It was then distributed to all of the 10th men whose current addresses were found in hopes they could add names. The collection of names has always been considered an ongoing project.
Thanks to the generosity of Erling Omland's family and friends a fund was established for a computer database. The biographical information on any Vermonter who served in the 10th during WWII will be in he system and available to Museum visitors and researchers. This can be constantly updated and improved.
Friends and family of 10th Mountain Veteran Albert "Midge" Tozloski have donated the funds in his honor for the Museum was able to put this database on online. Midge is pictured to the right when on November 23, 2011, he rode the first chair of Stowe's new Forerunner Quad. Midge was a life-long skier and a great friend to the Museum.
The Museum is interested in any donations relating to the 10th Mountain Division including photos, objects, written accounts, etc. Please contact the Museum if you have something you'd like to donate and preserve for future generations.
Learn more! The Museum shop has books and videos about the 10th . The National Archives of the 10 th Mountain Division, housed in the Denver Public Library, has a database of all members of the 10th . It is available online at www.10thmtndivassoc.org .