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Rupert von Trapp


Dr. Rupert von Trapp

Rank, Company, Regiment

T/3|HQ|86th INF

Birth date/Death Date


Vermont Location



Entered Army April 1943, Discharged 10/28/45. Received 2 Bronze Service Stars, a Combat Medical Badge, a Good Conduct Ribbon, and a Bronze Star Medal.

Importance of Vermont


First skiing experience

Born in Pola, Austria, he is the son of Captain and Agathe von Trapp. He toured with the Trapp Family Singers from 1937-43.


Primary, secondary, and medical school in Innsbruck, Austria. Second medical degree from UVM 1947.

Competitive Skiing


What was your experience in the 10th like?

Rupert von Trapp was a medic. He had to learn to evacuate men using simulation with litters, basket litters, toboggans, jeeps and weasels.

Medics wore large helmets with red crosses on all sides. They were unarmed and carried 2 aid packs, which made treating men on site and moving them difficult and dangerous.

He was the first 10th Mountain Division Surgeon General.

Why did you join the 10th?


Ski Patrol


Ski School


Ski Industry


Vermont Ski Area Connection


Role of Skiing in your Life


Other information

Participated in the ceremony naming Route 108 in Stowe the 10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway.

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