Kenneth A. Diller Interview, August 11, 1986


Kenneth A. Diller


Rosa Stone



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Kenneth Diller describes his time with the smokejumpers from 1943-1945. He talks about being in the very first group of smokejumpers and training at Seeley Lake, Montana. He recalls building the base camp at Cave Junction, Oregon, and working on timber cruising projects during the winters there. Diller describes a few of his 28 jumps, including his work on the Bunker Hill fire and the Chelan fire, and he briefly discusses his history as a farmer in Ohio, including the fact that his parents died when he was 13, and that he and his older brother worked the family farm to allow his siblings to go to college. He expresses no regrets about his time with the smokejumpers and says he would do it over again if he could.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; Oregon



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 163-022

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:26:00 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_022.mp3; OH_163_022.pdf

Kenneth A. Diller Interview, August 11, 1986