Treasures of 2nd ID bound for museum at Fort Carson
June 27, 2005
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The 2nd Infantry Division Museum is preparing to ship hundreds of items to Fort Carson, Colo., to be reunited eventually with units that left South Korea for Iraq last summer.
Museum director Michael Alexander said Wednesday that the items were left in South Korea by units from 2nd ID’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Strike Force), which will move to Carson when its Iraq tour ends later this summer.
Most of the items belong to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment and the 44th Engineer Battalion. There also are a few items left by Strike Force headquarters, he said.
Other Strike Force units had either taken their property with them to Iraq or left it in storage, he said.
Among the Strike Force items at the museum are hundreds of trophies, keepsakes and photographs, he said.
“They are not of much worth right now, but in 50 years time these will be historical artifacts,” Alexander said.
Several high-value items are to be shipped by Federal Express to Carson’s 3rd Armored Cavalry Museum, he said.
Some of the most valuable items include:
Adolf Hitler’s walking stick, which resembles an ice ax and was taken when the 506th captured the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountain retreat, at Berchtesgaden in April 1945.The Sink Grail, named in honor of Col. Robert F. Sink — the 506th’s first commander. According to unit tradition, all incoming 1-506th officers must drink from the grail as a rite of passage. The wood that forms the base of the Sink Grail is from one of the legs of Hitler’s dining table at the Eagle’s Nest and its handles are the reserve handles from a parachute that a 506th soldier used to jump into Normandy during World War II. It’s decorated with Sink’s jump wings and its bowl is made out of melted silverware from the Eagle’s Nest.Alexander said it will cost the museum $20,000 to ship the items, which weigh 11,000 pounds, to Carson.