Watson “Java” Bradley talks about being the first Navajo smokejumper based out of Missoula, Montana, from 1974 to 1977. Bradley describes his training, particularly the physically challenging aspects of it. He speaks of the pride he felt in being a smokejumper and the camaraderie on the Missoula base where his race was never an issue. He talks about fighting fires throughout the Northwest, New Mexico, and Alaska. Bradley also discusses Navajo culture and how it related to his work.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Missoula, Montana; Navajo Biography; Navajo Religion
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (90 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (28 p. : 28 cm.)
Bradley, Watson "Java", "Watson W. "Java" Bradley Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection. OH_133_008.