Robert Derry talks about working as a smokejumper in 1943 and 1946. He also discusses his brothers Frank, Chet, and Virgil, who were all smokejumpers and were involved with the early development of the program. He recalls supervising the conscientious objectors in 1943 at age 17, and returning to the program as a war veteran in 1946. Derry talks about his disillusionment with the U.S. Forest Service, which caused him to leave the smokejumper program, and his later career as a professional firefighter.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumpers Training of; World War, 1939-1945 Conscientious objectors
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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Oral History Number
1 sound cassette (62 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (18 p. : 28 cm.)
Derry, Bob, "Robert "Bob" Derry Interview, July 20, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH_133_026.