William C. Wood Interview, July 20, 1984

Interviewee

William C. Wood

Interviewer

Roxanne Farwell

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Description

William Wood recalls working as a smokejumper in Missoula, Montana, from 1943 until 1960. He talks about being classified as 4-F and working with the conscientious objectors during World War Two, primarily as a spotter. Wood also comments on the shift to military veterans as smokejumpers after the war, as well as the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire and its aftermath. He discusses working with equipment development and other changes to smokejumper training and fire policies.

Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Forest fires Montana

Original Date

7-20-1984

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, 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 Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 133-118

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (90 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (31 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:25:58 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_118.mp3; OH_133_118.pdf

William C. Wood Interview, July 20, 1984
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