This collection includes three interviews detailing participation in the Montana National Guard. The interviews were conducted in 1985 by Milo McLeod. The interviewees discuss their military training, recruiting practices, daily life in the National Guard, and activation in specific wars. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 150 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 3 interviews.
Clyde Fickes Interview, March 30, 1985
First Sergeant Clyde Fickes describes the time he spent in the National Guard during the early 1900s, first in Ohio and then in Montana. Fickes recalls being sent with the Montana Guard to the Mexican-American border in 1916. He describes the living conditions and activities ... Read More
Joe Upshaw Interview, June 1, 1985
Colonel Joe Upshaw discusses the history of the National Guard in Montana, specifically in the years immediately leading up to and following the United States’ involvement in World War II. Upshaw talks about participating in a National Guard company in Chinook, MT, and he describes ... Read More
Wally Gertson Interview, 1985
Wally Gerston describes his decision to join the Montana Guard in 1959, and his first years spent serving in the Havre, Montana unit. He talks about the basic skills he learned during his weekly, four-hour night drills. He recalls serving with the Alaskan National Guard ... Read More