Gregg Phifer Interview, August 11, 1986


Gregg Phifer


Rosa Stone



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Gregg Phifer talks about getting his 4-E classification as a Methodist, and about his experiences with the smokejumpers in 1944 and 1945. He describes the food that was given to the smokejumpers, and talks about the different kinds of parachutes they used. He recalls several of his 20 jumps, including one rescue jump. Phifer discusses his post-war career as a college professor, and how the nuclear rhetoric of the 1980s strengthened his stance as a conscientious objector. He talks about the sister cities project between his home of Tallahassee, Florida, and the town of Krasnodar in the then-Soviet Union. Phifer tells how the smokejumper experience influenced his post-war life, and how it instilled an appreciation of nature and the American West in him.


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Document Type

Oral History


Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Methodist Church; 4-E classification; Smokejumper training; sister cities project; Tallahassee, Florida; 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 163-021

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:52:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_021.mp3; OH_163_021.pdf

Gregg Phifer Interview, August 11, 1986