This is a nice photo album that will
enhance someone's collection, but it
is not marked with the 10th Mountain Division's emblem as the seller
stated and the original owner had nothing to do with the 10th Mountain
is similar to the patches shown in "Seen on the Web" item
it confuses the 10th Mountain Division and the 10th Infantry Division.
The 10th Mountain
Division was disbanded in November 1945. Few collectors are aware that
the Army recycled the 10th Division’s shoulder sleeve insignia
in the late 1940s and early 1950's.
Between 1948 and 1958, the 10th's powder
keg and crossed bayonets insignia was worn by the 10th Infantry Division
WITHOUT the MOUNTAIN tab or mountain designation. The army activated
the 10th Infantry Division at Fort Riley Kansas in 1948 as a training
Division. Between 1948 and 1954, 123,000 men completed their basic
training with the 10th Division. Paul Thickle was one of those men.
That is why the 10th Division insignia does not have the 'MOUNTAIN" tab
and why the "BASIC" is carved below it. From the carvings
under the insignia, it appears that Thickle is showing that he took
basic training with the 10th Infantry Division and then served in Berlin
with SHAEF between 1948 and 1951.