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Robert B. Galaher 10th Mountain Division — MTG/10 Recon - 2662 Detachment


Robert Galaher These pages are meant to explore and share information about my father's service in the 10th Mountain Division. Most photos can be clicked on to view a larger version and/or reveal further information. Robert Galaher was an avid skier before and after the war. The Bob Galaher Ski History site can be found here.


10th Mt. Div Shoulder Patch The emblem of the 10th. The patch is a powder keg with crossed bayonets. They represent the Roman numeral 'X' for the number ten. The 'mountain' tab says the bearer has special skills in mountain and winter warfare. Red signifies military valor and courage; white - peace and sincerity; blue-loyalty. §


Robert Galaher, 3102 5980, eventually held the highest enlisted rank of Master Sgt. He started service at Fort Lewis under Sgt. Walter Prager, went on to the manuevers near Jolon California in late 1942, and then to Camp Hale, Camp Swift, and Italy. His early service at Camp Hale included time with two famous units, the MTG and 10 Recon. Unlike most of the 10th, Robert Galaher and Gordon Wren went over to Italy early (via Miami, Natal (Brazil), Dakar (Africa), and Algiers (Algeria)) as part of a special detachment of five officers and fifteen men dispatched to a joint U.S. -British mountain school. In a letter Gordon Wren stated that they were originally to go to North Africa, but that the school had been moved to Sepino, and after a few days in Africa they were sent there. He goes on to state that he and Robert were part of special training mission at Anzio, during the break through to Rome. They did not see their old outfit when it arrived in 1945, and they were not part of the assent on Riva Ridge. They were, however, attached to the engineers and generally up front and not infrequently behind German lines. Abbott Galaher recalls that his father Robert told of how on one occasion he was in an area that was over run by the Germans and hid in some bushes with a Sikh until the Germans were pushed back. Gordon also wrote that he and Robert were at Cassino, having arrived after the bombing. After the war he served as an Investigator in post war Europe and Skied on the U.S. Army Ski Team in the Alps before returning to the U.S. and being honorably discharged.


MILITARY HISTORY

ARMY SERIAL NO.
31 025 980
GRADE
M SGT
ARM OR SERVICE
INF
COMPONENT
AUS
DATE OF INDUCTION
9 JAN 42
DATE OF ENTRY INTO ACTIVE SERVICE
9 JAN 42
PLACE OF ENTRY INTO SERVICE
FT DEVENS MASS
MILITARY OCCUPATION SPECIALTY AND NO.
INVESTIGATOR 301
MILITARY QUALIFICATION
MM RIFLE
BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS
NAPLES FOGGIA - ROME ARNO - NORTH APPENNINES
DECORATIONS AND CITATIONS
EUROPEAN AFRICAN MIDDLE EASTERN THEATER CAMPAIGN RIBBON, AMERICAN THEATER CAMPAIGN RIBBON, GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, VICTORY MEDAL
WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION
NONE
CONTINENTAL SERVICE YEARS
1 MONTHS 11 DAYS 20
FOREIGN SERVICE YEARS
2 MONTHS 4 DAYS 13
HIGHEST GRADE HELD
M SGT
DATE OF DEPARTURE
24 DEC 43
DESTINATION
ETO 18 JAN 44
DATE OF DEPARTURE
27 APR 46
DESTINATION
USA 6 MAY 46
ISSUED LAPEL BUTTON

ASR SCORE
2 SEPT 1945 (80)

SUMMARY OF MILITARY OCCUPATIONS

MONTHS GRADE MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY
3 Pvt Infantry basic (521)
15 Pfc Rifleman (745)
24 T/Sgt Instructor (659)
11 M/Sgt Investigator (301)
INVESTIGATOR -- Served 29 months overseas in Italy, Austria, Germany, France, and Switzerland, assigned to 430th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment. Conducted investigations of war criminals, Nazi party activities, foreign agents, sabotiers and espionage. Made investigations, collected necessary information and made arrests of foreign military and civilian personnel. Questioned German civilians and suspects in their native language. Prepared and made out reports and forms of various types of investigations. Did counter intelligence work in areas occupied by U.S. military forces.

Galaher Climbing

Climbing Location unknown

Galaher in Sepino Italy

Sepino, Italy. See Facts and Footnotes page to compare this with a current photo taken from almost exactly the same spot.


Galaher Mountain Warfare InstructorALLIED FORCE HEADQUARTERS, Italy, (Delayed) - Staff Sergeant Robert Galaher, son of Mrs. C.S. galaher, 63 Milk street, North Andover, Mass. teaches front line troops of the Fifth and Eight Armies the technique of winter and mountain warfare as an instructor with the Special Mountain Warfare Training Detachment, in the Mediterranean Theater of operations. This organization instructs Allied forces in overcoming the biggest obstacle they have faced in the Italian campaign - the mountains. Instruction is given in skiing, conducting travel by mule pack trains and in rock-climbing. These instructors teach troops from the British Isles, South Africa, India, Canada, Poland, Czechoslovakia and the United States. Sergeant Galaher who has a brother serving in Hawaii, has been over seas 13 months and wears the Mediterranean Theater Ribbon with one Battle Participation Star.


Time Line

  • Induction January 9, 1942
  • Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Paradise Inn Mt. Rainier Washington
  • Jolon California late 1942
  • Seneca Rocks West Virginia July 1943
  • Pine Camp (Now Fort Drum) New York (a few weeks)
  • Camp Hale Pando Colorado
  • To Naples via Camp Hale Colorado, Miami Florida, Natal Brazil, Dakar Senegal, and Algiers Algeria Dec 1943
  • Leave for British Mountain School in Lebanon Dec 13th, 1943
  • Christmas 1943 in Natal Brazil
  • Ski racing in Atlas Mountains Bilda
  • Naples Replacement Depot
  • Sepino 3 to 6 months
  • Anzio
  • Cassino
  • Naples one month Seventh Depot
  • Grand Sasso (two weeks leave Summits Corno Picollo with Wendey Broomhall)
  • Terminillo into Autumn '44 thru april '45 stay in a luxurious ski resort built by Mussolini
  • Naples? Replacement depot 224 to train replacements
  • War over
  • Both German speakers, Freddy Pieren and Robert Galaher are both stationed in Austria. Robert in small town.
  • U.S. Army Ski team. Trains in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany. Races in Zermatt and Andermatt Switzerland, Chamonix France, Cortina Italy, Zell am See Austria 1946
  • Honorably Discharged 1946