2003 Hall of Inductees


Merrill “Mezzy” Barber

Vermont Location: Brattleboro

Competitive Skiing: Jumping, Harris Hill.
  1940 - US National Jumping Champion, won the Paul Bietila Award.
  1942 reported that Barber won the 4th inter collegiate ski meet held in Sun   Valley, 1st in jumping, 3rd in slalom, 5th in downhill, 8th in cross country.   Allan Beck was second.
  1950 - set the US distance record of 305 feet
  1952 - won the US National Ski Jumping Championship and received the Torger   Tokle Memorial Award given by Norway to the US National Ski Jump Champion.   1952 - retired
 College: Norwich University

Ski Industry: Mezzy Barber's Formula Brands, Inc. High Quality Ski Waxes and   Lacquers for every Skiing Condition."


Donald M. Boardman

Rank, Company, Regiment: PFC        HQ          86th INF

Vermont Location: Weston

Awards: Bronze Star

Importance of Vermont:

"Skiing and the love I had acquired for Vermont got me to   locate some property and build my "ski cabin" which was done over   many weekends and vacations. I worked in Connecticut, but I lived in   Vermont…"

First skiing experience:

"At age, probably 9 or 10, going straight down the steepest   hill at the local country club where I lived in Connecticut with nothing but   toe straps and if we made it, taking off the skis and walking to the top of   the hill again. At 14 and a junior in high school, I had progressed to some   laminated skis with steel edges, Dovre cable bindings and LL Bean ski boots   and along with 3 or 4 friends would head for South Mountain where we would   pack down trails through the woods and practice our turns - "skill"   we were learning from the printed page only. At 17 and a junior in high   school I got to my first real ski area --the G-bar-S Ranch, Great Barrington,   Mass. (known now as Butternut Basin) where 3 rope tows were required to get   us to the top. Mostly trails rather than open slopes -- one went till they   fell and then got up and continued down. After that it was getting to any   area I could that had lifts."               

What was your experience in the 10th like?

"The 10th taught us how to survive under the worst of   conditions. Except for live ammunition, nothing we experienced in combat   compared to what we went through in training."

Why did you join the 10th?

"Fascinated by storied of the Russo-Finnish War and the   part played by men on skis. Skiing was my favorite sport and I thought that   was the part of the Army I should be."

Information submitted by: Donald Boardman


Scott W. Brown

Rank, Company, Regiment: PVT        F            86th and 85th 

Vermont Location: South Hero

First skiing experience: “4 years of age"

What was your experience in the 10th like?

"Very good until they sent me to Camp Carson just before   they left Camp Hale.

Why did you join the 10th?

"If you volunteered you could stay in college another  semester. I liked skiing."