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U of U Veterans Medallion


Branch: Army
Theatre: World War II

Jim Powell learned to ski as a youth at Sun Valley, Idaho. When he volunteered for the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, he was selected as a ski instructor for duty in Colorado. After months of training, Powell and his comrades arrived in Italy in January 1945 where they were immediately thrown into winter combat as infantrymen. In early March, during a firefight with German troops, Powell was hit by a bullet that passed through his throat. He was first given up for dead, but later recovered and returned to combat duty. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart.

Honor A Veteran

Selections are only based on the nominee's military service
Nominees do not have to be alumni or associated with the university in any way. Each year, the committee selects eleven honorees based on noteworthy honor, courage, commitment, and sacrifice during their military service to our nation, but decorations for valor are not required. Selections are only based on the nominee's military service.