Herb Goodwin Interview, March 26, 1985


Herb Goodwin


Charles Milo McLeod



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Herb Goodwin recalls his military background and how he was chosen to be part of the newly formed First Special Service Force. He describes traveling from Canada to Helena, Montana, to participate in training for the Force, and he talks extensively about the weapons, gear, and other things that Force members were expected to carry. Goodwin details specific training exercises, and discusses how difficult it was for many of the men. He notes that all of the Force members were expected to do a number of airplane drops, and those who didn’t complete the required number were immediately sent home.


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Document Type

Oral History


First Special Service Force; U.S. military; Canadian military; World War, 1939-1945; Machine guns; Military training; Military combat weapons; Officers’ Club; Military training, Helena, Montana; Non-commissioned officers [NCO]; Canadian Armed Forces; Sergeants’ Mess; Military servicemen; Soldiers

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

First Special Service Force Oral History Project, OH 151, 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 151-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:16:20 minutes

Local Filename

OH_151_001.mp3; OH_151_001.pdf

Herb Goodwin Interview, March 26, 1985