William Ward talks about his experiences smokejumping in Montana, Alaska, and New Mexico from 1963 to 1972. He describes the differences and similarities between jumping and firefighting in Montana and Alaska. Ward also talks about the feeling of camaraderie he experienced as a jumper and changes in the smokejumper program, including the admittance of women and the advent of the career jumper.
Smokejumpers West (United States) Biography; Smokejumping West (United States) History; Women Employment
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (80 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (23 p. : 28 cm.)
Ward, William L., "William L. Ward Interview, July 22, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-109.