Distiguished Unit Crest, 87th Infantry (L&R) 2 pack The 87th Infantry was constituted on 15th November 1941 at Fort Lewis, Washington and designated the 87th Mountain Regiment. The Unit was dubbed "Minnie's Ski Troop" in honor of Charles Minot Dole, President of the National Ski Patrol. Volunteers, many who were who were veteran skiers, mountaineers and woodsmen, arrived from Washington, Oregon, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. The 87th trained on Mount Rainier's 14408 foot peak. The 1st of the 87th was the first Mountain designated unit in the United States Army, predating the 10th Mountain Division.