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.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Forest fires Montana
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (90 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (31 p. : 28 cm.)
Wood, William C., "William C. Wood Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-118.