Robert

Interviewee

Bob Derry

Interviewer

Kathy Root

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Description

Robert Derry talks about working as a smokejumper in 1943 and 1946. He also discusses his brothers Frank, Chet, and Virgil, who were all smokejumpers and were involved with the early development of the program. He recalls supervising the conscientious objectors in 1943 at age 17, and returning to the program as a war veteran in 1946. Derry talks about his disillusionment with the U.S. Forest Service, which caused him to leave the smokejumper program, and his later career as a professional firefighter.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumpers Training of; World War, 1939-1945 Conscientious objectors

Original Date

7-20-1984

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights

Copyright to this collection is held by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH_133_026

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (62 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (18 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

62 minutes

Local Filename

oh133_026.mp3; OH133-26.pdf

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