Leland

Interviewee

Leland Miller

Interviewer

Rosa Stone

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Description

Leland “Lee” Miller recalls his time with the smokejumpers. He discusses how his Mennonite faith expedited the process of registering as a conscientious objector, and how his sense of adventure and desire to not be seen as cowardly by active servicemen influenced him to join the smokejumper program. Miller talks about the mostly small fires he jumped on during the summers of 1944 and 1945. He then briefly discusses his post-war career, including why he eventually switched from farming to operating heavy machinery for Caterpillar. He also talks about how much the environment of the northwestern United States left an impression, and eventually influenced Miller and his wife to move to Washington State permanently.

Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

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

Original Date

8-12-1986

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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 163-018

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (6 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:20:51 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_018.mp3; OH_163_018.pdf

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