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A crane lowers Ron Spooner's jeep into a "duck" boat getting ready to cross the Rhine river. Photo: Ron Spooner
A crane lowers Ron Spooner's jeep into a "duck" boat getting ready to cross the Rhine river. Photo: Ron Spooner

Memories of post-WWII Germany, in "duck" photos

Earlier this month, we reported on the discovery of what might be the wreckage of a 10th Mountain Division "duck" vehicle that sank during World War 2 in Italy.

The 10th Mountain Division is now based at Fort Drum. Its association said it hoped the discovery would also shed light on the remains of the 24 soldiers who drowned in the accident.

Well, one veteran in the Watertown area heard that story and took out his own photos of "duck" vehicles.  Go to full article
Amphibious "Duck" (DUKW) carrying supplies and U.S. troops in 1944. Photo: U.K. <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a9/IWM-B-10434-DUKW-Waal.jpg">Imperial War Museum</a>
Amphibious "Duck" (DUKW) carrying supplies and U.S. troops in 1944. Photo: U.K. Imperial War Museum

Discovery of 10th Mountain "duck," and hopes for closure

Divers in Italy have found what may be the wreckage of a 10th Mountain Division vehicle from World War 2 at the bottom of a lake. A so-called "duck" vehicle sank near the end of the war, killing two dozen soldiers aboard.

The discovery was made possible, in part, by a group with ties to Fort Drum, where the 10th Mountain Division is now based. And it's creating hope among the missing GI's families. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Jim Goodwin's life in the Adirondacks began very early
Jim Goodwin's life in the Adirondacks began very early

Jim Goodwin (1910-2011) remembers his time in the 10th Mountain Division

The history of the 10th Mountain Division runs deep in the North Country. On Thursday of last week, Keene Valley's Jim Goodwin passed away at the age of 101.

Goodwin was a celebrated teacher and mountaineer, who first started guiding in the Adirondacks at the age of 12. He later trained many of the 10th Mountain Division's soldiers. He later served as a medic during the Italian campaign. In 1997, Brian Mann sat down with Jim Goodwin to talk about his life in war and his life in the mountains.

NOTE: A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 23 at 3 pm at the Keene Valley Congregational Church with a reception to follow.  Go to full article
Adrien Girouard accepts his Bronze Star from Rep. Bill Owens (Source: Owens office)
Adrien Girouard accepts his Bronze Star from Rep. Bill Owens (Source: Owens office)

After 66 years, Tupper Lake veteran awarded the Bronze Star

Late last week, a World War II veteran in Tupper Lake was awarded the Bronze Star 66 years after he saved another man's life. Adrien Girouard fought heroically in Italian campaign, but it took two congressmen and the better part of a lifetime for him to be honored. Chris Morris was at the ceremony and has our story.  Go to full article
Bill Gallagher as a young soldier in the 10th Mountain Division (Photo provided)
Bill Gallagher as a young soldier in the 10th Mountain Division (Photo provided)

The Hospice Path, Part Two: Nearing the end, celebrating a life lived in full

Last week, we began a new on-going series called the Hospice Path.

North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at the way hospice programs across the region are changing people's lives at a time when they're forced to confront the certainty of death.

We're telling that story in part by spending time with the Gallagher family in Saranac Lake.

Bill Gallagher is 87 years old and his lungs are slowly failing.

But with the help of High Peaks Hospice, he's been able to stay at home with his wife Tomi.

In order to better describe their experience, our reporter Brian Mann decided to first spend some time asking about Bill's long life before he got sick.  Go to full article
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers

Memories: Adirondack mountaineer fights with 10th Mtn. in Italy

The 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum has one of the most storied histories of any unit in the U.S. Army. During the Italian campaign of World War II, the 10th's soldiers were famous for scaling cliffs to attack German positions that had been viewed as impregnable. Jim Goodwin, from Keene Valley, grew up climbing and skiing in the Adirondacks and in the 1940s he was one of the pioneers of American mountaineering. When the 10th Mountain Division was being formed, Goodwin was recruited to help train the soldiers. He later served with the unit as a medic during the fighting in northern Italy. Goodwin is ninety-seven years old now, a retired schoolteacher. He sat down with Brian Mann to talk about his experience at war.  Go to full article

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