T. Richard Flaharty describes his experiences as a smokejumper at Ninemile, Montana during the summer of 1944. He explains how he volunteered for the smokejumpers after feeling that his work at a soil conservation camp was not nationally important. He talks about his training, including an injury he sustained during one of his training jumps, and describes two of his three fire jumps. Flaharty then recalls returning to Ohio and getting married, and how his wife inspired him to pursue a career in social work after the war ended. He concludes by talking about the antagonism towards conscientious objectors during the war, and about how smokejumping was a way for him to show that he had not pursued a path out of cowardice or a desire for protection.
Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; 4-E classification; Methodist Church; Smokejumper training; 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 (14 p.: 28 cm.)
Flaharty, T. Richard, "T. Richard "Dick" Flaharty Interview, August 11, 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 29.