Steve Nemore Interview, July 13, 1983


Steve Nemore


Nick Sundt



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Steve Nemore describes how he first became interested in smokejumping as a child, when he read about it in a Boys’ Life article. He recalls attending forestry school at Virginia Tech, then in 1966, getting his first hot shot job in Priest Lake, Idaho, before attending rookie training in Redmond, Oregon from 1969 to 1970. Nemore tells how his jumping career was interrupted when he was drafted and sent to Vietnam from 1971-1972. He talks about accepting a smokejumping job in Winthrop, Washington, in 1973 where he worked in the Willamette National Forest. Nemore recalls that after a year in Winthrop, he went to Colorado to finish his forestry degree, then accepted a job offer in Alaska as a smokejumper in 1975, where he later became a rookie trainer and loft manager.


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Document Type

Oral History


Smokejumping; Virginia Tech; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Priest Lake, Idaho; Redmond, Oregon; Winthrop, Washington; Redding, Alaska; Willamette National Forest; Fire fighters, United States; Hot shots; Fire crews; Vietnam War, 1955-1975

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Nick Sundt Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 172, 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 172-036

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:31:19 minutes

Local Filename

OH_172_036.mp3; OH_172_036.pdf

Steve Nemore Interview, July 13, 1983