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Leo Bartlett


Bartlett, Leo Carlton

Rank, Company, Regiment

PFC        HQ 3rd  85th INF

Birth date/Death Date

12/11/1921 -


Bronze Star for meritorious service in Italy on April 23, 1945   at the Po River crossing

Vermont Location


My uncle was born 11 December 1921 in Craftsbury, Vermont. As a boy, his family moved to Stowe where   he grew up

Competitive Skiing


Importance of Vermont


First skiing experience

He had been a pre-war skier and had even been an early volunteer   on the Mt Mansfield Ski Patrol at Stowe.   When he heard about the recruiting effort for the 87th Mountain   Infantry Regiment, he was one of the earliest volunteers. He recalls that Minnie Dole even wrote one   of his Letters of Recommendation.



What was your experience in the 10th like?

My uncle enlisted into Company B of the 118th Quartermaster   Corps of the 43rd Division on 11 May 1940.   Company B was stationed at the Waterbury Armory and was federalized on   24 February 1941He served in the 10th from beginning to end. Starting at Ft.   Lewis and Mt. Rainier WA followed by training at Jolan, CA-Camp Hale, CO-Ft.   Ord, CA-the invasion of Kiska Island in the Aleutians-back to Colorado for   more training at Hale, then to Camp Swift, TX and finally into combat in   Italy. During the 87th regiment's time at Ft. Lewis a small detachment was   sent to the Columbia Ice Fields in Canada, Bartlett was one. Leo shipped out   in a truck and train convoy which eventually delivered them to Camp Shelby,   Mississippi after passing through, and spending one night, on the battlefield   at Gettysburg.

Why did you join the 10th?


Ski Patrol


Ski School


Ski Industry

After the war he continued to do limited skiing but remained an   avid outdoorsman engaging in hunting and fishing. He managed various large   farms in Stowe and a successful construction company with a fellow 10th MTN   veteran, Clem Curtis.    

Vermont Ski Area Connection


Role of Skiing in your Life


Photograph information


Information submitted by

Brian Lindner