Murray Braden Interview, August 11, 1986


Murray Braden


Tedford Lewis



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Murray Braden talks about smokejumping in the summer of 1944 and being the educational director of the smokejumpers camp in the fall of 1944 through the end of 1945. He describes his pre-war education and anti-war activism, and his time in the camp at Coshocton, Ohio, working on soil conservation. He then mentions the smokejumper training, and describes two of his three fire jumps in detail. One of those fires, the Granite Ridge fire, blew up out of their control, while on the other fire Braden recalls being injured on the landing. He then discusses serving as educational director, and talks about the relationship between the Forest Service and the smokejumpers, including the decision by the Forest Service in 1945 to stop funding medical care for CPS smokejumpers, including those already in hospital for injuries previously received on the job.


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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; Camp director; United States Forest Service; ; 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 163-032

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:45:17 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_032.mp3; OH_163_032.pdf

Murray Braden Interview, August 11, 1986