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.
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
Nick Sundt Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 172, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)
Nemore, Steve, "Steve Nemore Interview, July 13, 1983" (1983). Nick Sundt Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 4.