10th Mountain Division Climb to Glory Division, US Army

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History: Activated 10 July 1943 as the 10th Light Infantry Division (Pack, Alpine). Organized 17 July 1943 at Camp Hale (Colorado). Re-designated 10th Mountain Division 6 November 1944. Inactivated 30 November 1945 at Camp Carson (Colorado).

Coat of arms (crest) of 10th Mountain Division Climb to Glory Division, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Coat of arms (crest) of 10th Mountain Division Climb to Glory Division, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a blue powder keg-like background with a 1/8 inch white border 2 1/2 inches in height and 2 3/16 inches in width two bayonets in saltire throughout scarlet fimbriated white.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches in height overall consisting of a white mountain formed of five peaks above a blue wavy bar and crosses in front overall two red swords point up; behind the mountain peaks a glory of gold rays radiant from center and enclosed by a gold scroll inscribed "CLIMB TO GLORY" in blue letters.


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The blue background and the bayonets are symbolic of infantry while the position of the bayonets in saltire simulates the numerical designation of the organization.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The white mountain symbol and the blue wave represent the Division’s World War II combat history in the Northern Apennines and Po Valley Campaigns in Italy. The crossed swords are symbolic of wartime service and further suggest the Roman numeral X, the unit’s numerical designation. Scarlet is symbolic of courage and mortal danger, blue denotes steadfastness and loyalty. The gold is for excellence and the white is symbolic of mountain tops and of high aspiration.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was originally approved for the 10th Light Division on 7 January 1944; the insignia was amended for the 10th Infantry Division on 15 November 1984; redesignated the 10th Mountain Division on 13 February 1985. This Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 30 April 1985.

Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.

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