Bradshaw Snipes Interview, August 11, 1986


Bradshaw Snipes


Gregg Phifer



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Bradshaw Snipes talks about his time as a smokejumper in 1944 and manning a lookout tower in 1945. He explains how his Quaker faith led him to become a conscientious objector and how the desire to prove that he was not afraid of danger led him to apply for the smokejumpers. Snipes describes some of his 12 jumps, including his jump onto the Bell Lake fire at the end of 1944, and talks about the difficulty of airsickness. He then discusses getting a hernia during a winter project at Perma Ranch, and being unable to jump during 1945. He describes working on the fire lookout towers at Falls Point and near Benchmark Ranger Station during that fire season. Snipes briefly recalls his experiences working on cattle boats to Germany and Poland after the war, including two trips as a supervisor.


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Document Type

Oral History


Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Quaker Church; 4-E classification; Smokejumper training; American Friends Service Committee; Cattle Boats

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 163-026

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:39:54 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_026.mp3; OH_163_026.pdf

Bradshaw Snipes Interview, August 11, 1986