T. Richard


T. Richard Flaharty


Gregg Phifer



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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 toward conscientious objectors during the war, and about how smokejumping was a way for him to show that he had not pursued that path out of cowardice or a desire for protection.


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Document Type

Oral History


Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; 4-E classification; Methodist Church; Smokejumper training; 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 163-029

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:38:45 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_029.mp3; OH_163_029.pdf

T. Richard