Joe Upshaw Interview, June 1, 1985


Joe Upshaw


Charles "Milo" McLeod



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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 the various companies throughout Montana as well. He discusses recruiting practices, the daily life of National Guard members, and various aspects of the National Guard administration in Montana. Upshaw also recounts the sequence of events that led to the National Guard being activated in World War II. He describes how the various companies were reconstituted following the war.

Document Type

Oral History


National Guard of the United States; World War II; National Guard, Chinook, Montana; Soldiers, Montana; Soldier life

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Military History of Montana Oral History Project, OH 150, 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 150-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:30:45 minutes

Local Filename

OH_150_001.mp3; OH_150_001.pdf

Joe Upshaw Interview, June 1, 1985