Phantoms In The Snow
By Kathleen Duble
15 year old Noah Garret has no living relatives except his uncle when his parents get sick and die from smallpox. Noah is sent to live with his uncle James Shelley who is a phantom in the 86th infantry. Noah was raised a Pacifists and has never skied he also does not believe in war. At camp Hale in Colorado James signs up Noah to Serve as a phantom, but when his uncle finds out he's only fifteen Noah has a choice lie about his age or be sent to an orphanage. Will he stay and serve in a war when he doesn't believe in war or, be sent to an orphanage?
I researched the 10th Mountain Division. The 10th Mountain Division trained at camp Hale
in Colorado. Their training included rock climbing, winter survival techniques, winter combat, downhill skiing, and endurance cross country ski trips. They trained from 1943 to 1944 and in 1945 they went to Camp Swift in Texas. At Camp Swift they got more training until they got deployed in Italy. In Italy they took control of Mt. Belvedere which was crucial in advancing into Po Valley.