Jim Browne Interview

Title

Jim Browne Interview

Interviewee

Jim Browne

Interviewer

Susan Green

Files

Download Transcript of Jim Browne Interview (1.3 MB)

Description

Jim Browne discusses the two seasons he worked as a smokejumper in 1949 and 1950. He describes his training at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana and the camaraderie there. Browne talks about what it was like to be a smokejumper during the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire and the impact the incident had on the program, including changes to the approach of fighting fires. Browne talks about his views on what makes an effective leader, drawing from his experiences as a smokejumper and his service as a Marine Corps Pilot in the Korean War. He also describes the role of alcohol played within the smokejumping community and his later alcoholism.

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; Nine Mile Ranger Station; Missoula, Montana; Mann Gulch Fire; Korean War; Marine Corps; Alcoholism

Original Date

7-22-1984

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 133-011

Media Type

Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (90 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (17 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_133_011.pdf

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