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Local 10th Mountain Division members hailed at film showing

Charles Smith, Bob Trumbull and Lou Vincent at the showing of “The Last Ridge” at Keeen Valley Congregational Church on Aug. 8.

Charles Smith, Bob Trumbull and Lou Vincent at the showing of “The Last Ridge” at Keeen Valley Congregational Church on Aug. 8. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Smith went into the division as a young man and said he volunteered because he wanted to use his skills in winter sports to help his country.

“I liked to ski and thought it would be a great place to be,” said Smith.

Once in training, Smith said it was a lot more work than fun but in the end he was just happy to be a part of it.

Throughout the years, Smith and other members of the 10th Division have returned to Italy where they were responsible for taking over Mount Belvedere.

“I’ve been back to Italy three times in 2009, 2010 and 2012,” Smith said. “When we go back, people are thankful, they remember from their grandparents telling them about the division and they are welcoming.”

For more information on how you can support the Keene Veterans Memorial go to the Marcy Post 1312 American Legion, 15 Market Street. To make a donation, checks can be mailed to Keene Community Trust, P.O. Box 498, Keene Valley, N.Y.

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