Robert Searles Interview, August 12, 1986

Interviewee

Robert Searles

Interviewer

Kim Taylor

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Description

Robert “Bob” Searles provides biographical information about his life prior to becoming a smokejumper, including his college years, and working in the radio and television business. Searles explains how he became a conscientious objector and what led to his decision to train as a smokejumper. He recalls his first jump, which resulted in two sprained ankles, and details a difficult let-down when he got his chute caught in a tree. Searles describes some of his off-duty activities, including transplanting trees, working as a cook, and assisting with a training movie. He discusses two experiences he had involving a moose and another with a mountain lion while working on a fire. Searles recalls the camaraderie among the Civilian Public Service [CPS] smokejumpers as well as other servicemen, and he CPS and he emphasizes his continued support of pacifism.

Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

American Friends Service Committee; Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana; Smokejumpers, Oregon; World War, 1939-1945; The Charlie Ruggles Show, Oxford movement; Gandhi, Mahatma; Methodist Church; Cooley, Earl; Wesley Club Student Union; Smokejumper training; Cascade Locks, Oregon; Big Meadow Creek Fire; Seeley Lake, Montana; Missoula, Montana

Original Date

8-12-1986

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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 163-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:34:37 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_003.mp3; OH_163_003.pdf

Robert Searles Interview, August 12, 1986

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