Oliver Huset describes his experience as a smokejumper at Ninemile, Montana, during the summers of 1944 and 1945, during which time he made 17 jumps. He talks about sustaining a minor injury during the training tower jump, and a major concussion on his last fire jump, in August of 1945. He talks about some of his more interesting fire jumps, including one done in the dark, and his work on the Meadow Creek fire. He also praises the pilots, including the Johnson Brothers, for their skill at backcountry flying. Huset then discusses his philosophical views, including his opposition to systems of conscription such as the draft, and describes how he and his wife Martha, a former Japanese internee, met and were married. He describes his post-war career as a civil engineer, and also talks about spending the summer of 1951 on a lookout tower in Washington with his wife as their honeymoon.
Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; 4-E classification; Presbyterian Church; Methodist Church; Smokejumper training; Fire Lookouts; Engineering; Ninemile, Montana
Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 163, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)
Huset, Oliver Lynn, "Oliver Lynn Huset Interview, August 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 28.