William P. Weber Interview, August 11, 1986


William P. Weber


Rosa Stone



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William “Bill” Weber discusses his time with the smokejumpers and how that experienced shaped the rest of his career. He talks about his Methodist background, and about how he and his family reached out to the Quaker community in order to secure his 4-E classification during WW2. He describes his time training with the smokejumpers at Ninemile, Montana, in 1945, and talks about the 17 jumps that he made that year, including training jumps. Weber then recalls his life after the war, including his time in Germany working with the American Friends, a Quaker service organization. He also discusses his interest in politics, and elaborates on why he believes young men are attracted to the idea of going to war.


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Document Type

Oral History


American Friends Service Committee; Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana Interviews; World War, 1939-1945; Methodist Church; 4-E classification; NASA; Ninemile, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 163, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 163-013

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:46:12 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_013.mp3; OH_163_013.pdf

William P. Weber Interview, August 11, 1986