Winton Stucky describes his experiences as a smokejumper in 1943. He talks about injuring his back during a training jump towards 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.
Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Oregon; World War, 1939-1945; Mennonite Church; 4-E classification; Smokejumper training; Smokejumper injury; Ninemile, Montana
Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 163, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)
Stucky, Winton, "Winton Stucky Interview, August 11, 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 23.