Wally Gertson Interview

Interviewee

Wally Gertson

Interviewer

Charles "Milo" McLeod

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Description

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 and working the Eskimo Scouts, or First Rifle Platoon, whose members were recruited from small fishing villages in Alaska. Gerston tells how the scouts are trained to use live ammunition and camouflage themselves with all-white gear in order to guard the Bering Sea against enemy invasion into Alaska.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Chinook, Montana; Havre, Montana; Montana National Guard; U.S. military; National Guard of the United States; Alaskan National Guard; Eskimo Scouts

Original Date

1985

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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 150-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (7 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:14:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_150_003.mp3; OH_150_003.pdf

Wally Gertson Interview

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