Mountain named after troops killed in war service

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Say this about Bruce Salisbury — he knows how to make a mountain out of a molehill.

Five years ago, the World War II veteran and his wife, Dottie, stopped for a sandwich after driving through the Rockies near Telluride, Colo., when she had an idea.

"She looks at these mountains and she says, 'Wouldn't it be nice if one of these mountains were named after all the guys who didn't make it home?' " Mr. Salisbury said.

Last month, it finally happened. At its Oct. 4 meeting, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names added to the map Mount KIA/MIA, a previously unnamed peak in southwestern Colorado.

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Ann Phelps - 7/6/2008

Mt. KIA/MIA, with a summit of 11,282 feet, is unassuming as Colorado mountains go... but also unassuming were most of the soldiers who make up the KIA/MIA of all of all the states of this United States in all the wars this country has been involved in, & for all these men & women the mountain stands in memorial. The majority of America's KIA/MIA were simply young soldiers, not Generals, not diplomats, not famous, just someone's son or daughter, someone's sister or brother who never got to come home. The little mountain has a big message: America cares about her sons & daughters, all of them.