Walter Reimer Interview, August 1986


Walter Reimer


Gregg Phifer



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Walter Reimer discusses how his Mennonite faith influenced him to apply for a 4-E classification. He mentions his time at the Weeping Water, Nebraska, Lapine, Oregon, and Three Rivers, California CPS camps working on soil conservation and telephone connectivity projects. He then talks about his transfer to the smokejumpers in 1944, and describes some memorable jumps he experienced over the two fire seasons he spent with the smokejumpers. Specifically, he recalls his time on the Seven Devils, Idaho fire and the Lake Chelan, Washington fire, and also details a rescue jump he made. He briefly discusses his return to Kansas after discharge, and also briefly talks about the warm reception he feels the people of Missoula had toward the smokejumpers.


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Document Type

Oral History


Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Mennonite Church; 4-E classification; Smokejumper training; Ninemile, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; Idaho; Washington



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 /

Oral History Number

OH 163-016

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:31:34 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_016.mp3; OH_163_016.pdf

Walter Reimer Interview, August 1986