When the 10th Mountain Division got "stuck in the snow"

While serving with the military police detachment at Camp Hale, Colorado, in 1942, I had the duty to transport some members of the 10th Mountain Division up the slopes to practice their skiing skills. We piled the gear into the jeep and took off in low gear with all four wheels engaged.

Driving up the snow-covered mountain road was no problem, but when I turned off for some cross-country driving, the jeep made it only 100 feet before it sank up to the axles. It took all of the troopers and myself to extricate the jeep.

Sgt. Graf took this photo of his military police buddies while on patrol in the mountains above Camp Hale, Colorado. Note the full canvas hood cover on their Jeep.

Sgt. Graf took this photo of his military police buddies while on patrol in the mountains above Camp Hale, Colorado. Note the full canvas hood cover on their Jeep.

High-Speed Jeep Pursuit

Caption on the reverse reads, "Milton's [J.M. Graf] first Army car, Sept 1942, Camp Carson, Colorado.

Caption on the reverse reads, "Milton's [J.M. Graf] first Army car, Sept 1942, Camp Carson, Colorado.

On a second occasion, while patrolling the base, a jeep full of officers went screaming by us, going much faster than the posted 10 mph. My lieutenant told me to follow in pursuit. 

With horn blaring, our “high-speed” chase (our top speed was about 45 mph downhill) continued for about 10 minutes before we finally caught up to, and overtook, the offending officers. We issued the citation and returned to our duties. 

Suffice it to say, we MPs in our jeeps were never very well-liked. Such was the life of a military policeman.

1st Sergeant John M. Graf, U.S. Army

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