The American military decided that their newly formed Ranger Infantry Company's (ABN) who were desigmed for combat in Korea, in the early part of the Korean War needed to know how to use Army Mules! So, many of the Companies (To include mine.) were sent to 'Camp' Carson for a combination of mountain training, cold weather training and to use Army mules as pack animals. The idea, was to use the mules on long range missions, behind the lines in the mountainous terrain of Korea to carry supplies, etc. So, after Parachute and Ranger school, we were sent there. I can vouch for the fact, that these Army mules were most nasty, stuborn animals that I ever had the misfortune to meet! Many Rangers were bitten and/or kicked! Some required hospitalization, etc. Here are some pictures of the training in that era. Enjoy!