Winton Stucky Interview, August 11, 1986


Winton Stucky


Rosa Stone



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Winton Stucky describes his experiences as a smokejumper in 1943. He talks about injuring his back during a training jump toward the end of the fire season and being discharged, and about how the injury impacted his quality of life for the next 29 years. He describes the medical procedure that eventually restored his mobility and stopped the chronic pain he had been in since the injury. Stucky explains that he was likely injured by a defective parachute. He talks briefly about his post-war career in the grocery business, and finishes by saying that despite his injury he would go into the smokejumpers again if given the opportunity and would encourage anyone who was interested to do the same.


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Document Type

Oral History


Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Oregon; World War, 1939-1945; Mennonite Church; 4-E classification; Smokejumper training; Smokejumper injury; 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 163-023

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

00:22:55 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_023.mp3; OH_163_023.pdf

Winton Stucky Interview, August 11, 1986