Part One: Describes the structure and culture of an Italian-American family during the depression years. The market crash of 1929 triggered the depression that lasted approximately four years. The conditons during this period are reflected by what the author and his family experienced during this period. Part Two: U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division Describes Camp Hale which was constructed in 1942 as the location for the formation and training of the United States 10th Mountain Division. The Division was established to specialize in winter and mountainous warfare during World War II. We trained in the Colorado Rockies and fought in the Apennine Mountains of Itally. The author, a member of the 10th Mountain Medical Battalion arrived at Camp Hale September 1943. He relates his training and experiences during his time in the service.