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.
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
Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 163, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)
Weber, William P., "William P. Weber Interview, August 11, 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 13.