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Bob Cochran


Cochran, Robert D

Rank, Company, Regiment

126 ENG

Birth date/Death Date


Vermont Location




Importance of Vermont

"I went in a Vermonter and came out as a Vermonter. Most of   us came from mountainous areas in the US."

First skiing experience

"I began skiing at the age of 9 by going off a jump we made   behind Dorothea and Frank Stafford's house in 1932. One day I went off the   jump at an angle and landed in an apple tree breaking two ribs. After that my   oldest sister Velma decided that jumping was not for little Robert. She   bought me my first pair of down hill skis. Don't know where she got them.   They were made in Switzerland."



Competitive Skiing

High school team

What was your experience in the 10th like?

"With my skiing experience I was taken into Tenth Recon as   a ski instructor. We were one of best trained units in the American army. I   think because of our education status."

Why did you join the 10th?

"I met Minnie Dole on Mt. Mansfield doing ski patrol work during my last years in high school. He had organized the National Ski Patrol and invited me to join. He also was instrumental in starting the 10th Mt. Division. So that is they way I wanted to go. At that time, you had to have three letters of recommendation and a high school diploma. I had all of that so out to Camp Hale I went."

Ski Patrol

"I came back to Vermont and Mt. Mansfield and was a ski   patrol man for 30 years."

Ski School

Ski Instructor for Bates College, Auburn, ME

Ski Industry


Vermont Ski Area Connection


Role of Skiing in your Life


Other information


Photograph information


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Bob Cochran