Albert Cramer discusses his 30-year career, which began in 1943, as a smokejumper and program administrator in Missoula, Montana, and Alaska. He talks about the training and equipment, as well as the changes to both. He describes specific jumps and fires, including the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire and the 1949 jump onto the White House lawn. Cramer contrasts working with the U.S. Forest Service as a smokejumper in Montana with working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a smokejumper in Alaska.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumpers Training of; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Forest fires Montana; Forest fires Alaska
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 (90 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (26 p. : 28 cm.)
Cramer, Al, "Albert W. "Al" Cramer Interview, July 22, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH_133_023.