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.
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
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 (13 p.: 28 cm.)
Braden, Murray, "Murray Braden Interview, August 11, 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 32.