William C. Brennan Interview

Title

William C. Brennan Interview

Interviewee

William C. Brennan

Interviewer

Kim Taylor

Files

Download Transcript of William Brennan Interview (1.6 MB)

Description

William C. Brennan talks about his time as a smokejumper in 1951 to 1952 and 1954. He discusses training at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana, which involved learning skills like woodsmanship as well as physical fitness exercises. Brennan describes fighting fires, including the last one he worked on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. He contrasts fighting fires in Montana to those in New Mexico, including the impact the dry climate of the latter state had on that work. Brennan discusses working on the 20th Century Fox film Red Skies of Montana. He also describes his fellow smokejumpers in terms of clothing, behavior, and attitude.

The audio for this interview is available at Archives and Special Collections, but has not yet been digitized.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Social aspects; Red Skies of Montana; Missoula, Montana; Nine Mile Ranger Station; Forest Fires New Mexico; Middle Fork of Salmon River

Original Date

6-26-1984

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 133-010

Media Type

Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (58 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (17 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_133_010.pdf

William C. Brennan Interview

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