Wallace D. "Wally" Henderson
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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.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Smokejumping Social aspects; Forest fires Idaho
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (66 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (26 p. : 28 cm.)
Henderson, Wallace D., "Wallace D. "Wally" Henderson" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection. OH 133-046.