William Jay "Bill" Bowerman organized the troops' supplies and maintained the mules. He was promoted to commander of the 86th Regimen's First Battalion at the rank of Major. Bowerman later became a track and field coach and co-founder of Nike, Inc. His footwear innovations shaped Nike's ethos of leveraging athlete insights to design transformative products.
Austrian World Champion ski racer, Friedl Pfeifer was introduced to Aspen while training with the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale and returned after the war to operate the ski school and to help further develop the resort. Friedl left Austria in 1938 and became a US citizen, winner of a national ski championship and the Harriman Cup.
Platoon Sergeant Pete Seibert was nearly killed in the Battle of Riva Ridge. After his rehabilitation, he returned to Colorado, co-founding Vail Ski Resort in 1962.
A prolific climber, in 1938, Paul Petzoldt was a member of the first American team to attempt to climb K2, doing so without the use of assisted oxygen. His climbing expertise helped him to establish mountain evacuation procedures at Camp Hale. Post-war, he founded the National Outdoor Leadership School in 1965.