U.S. 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION MARCHES IN RIO DE JANEIRO: AN ALMOST HOMECOMING

By Sgt. Don Cooke

YANK Staff Correspondent

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL—A platoon of the 10th Mountain Division drew something a little different in overseas assignments when, at the invitation of the Brazilian government, it made the trip from Italy to Rio with Gen. Mark W. Clark to participate in a homecoming celebration for Brazilian troops who served with the Fifth Army in Italy.

The American GIs were feted and toasted and cheered during the week of festivity. Brazilian enthusiasm reached so high a pitch that, during a formal parade, the platoon from the 10th had to break formation to keep moving into the sea of Good Neighbor well-wishers which crowded in on them.

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The 10th Mountain Division marches in Rio De Janiero

S/Sgt. John T. Denoma, one of the lucky ones, could only say, “God I never saw anything like that in my life. The people clapped, yelled and hugged us, and the girls gave us their telephone numbers.”

The only catch for the 10th Mountain men, caught up in the homecoming furor of the Brazilian GIs who fought alongside them, was that they had to go back to Italy after it was all over.

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