Wallace D.

Title

Wallace D. "Wally" Henderson

Interviewee

Wallace D. Henderson

Interviewer

Floyd Cowles

Files

Download Transcript of Wallace Henderson Interview (1.4 MB)

Description

Wallace Henderson talks the two years he worked as a smokejumper from 1946 to 1947. He discusses training at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana and jumping out of McCall, Idaho, and Missoula, Montana. Henderson reminisces about some of his fellow smokejumpers, which included a number of World War Two veterans. He describes the first retardant water drop in 1946 and how the program’s leadership roles became more formalized over time. Henderson also discusses his experiences working as a fire lookout in Idaho in 1943, including witnessing a Japanese fire bomb explode.

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; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Smokejumping Social aspects; Forest fires Idaho

Original Date

7-21-1984

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 133-046

Media Type

Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (66 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (26 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_133_046.pdf

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