Fred O. Brauer Interview, June 27, 1984


Fred O. Brauer


Kathy Root



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A smokejumper from 1941 to 1942 and 1945 to 1958, Fred O. Brauer describes the early development of the smokejumper program. He discusses the many challenges the program faced during that time, including equipment development, wartime shortages, and funding issues. He also describes the personnel changeover from conscientious objectors who served as smokejumpers during World War Two to military veterans who replaced them after the war ended. Brauer was in charge of the smokejumper program in Missoula, Montana starting in 1951 until 1958, and he talks about his attempts to integrate the different Forest Service regional units into one coordinated organization. He discusses the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire and its immediate aftermath.

Document Type

Oral History


Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Forest Fires Montana; Missoula, Montana; Seeley Lake, Montana; Mann Gulch Fire

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




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


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 /

Oral History Number


Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (84 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (24 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

84 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_009.mp3; OH_133_009.pdf

Fred O. Brauer Interview, June 27, 1984
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