William C. Brennan talks about his time as a smokejumper in 1951 to 1952 and 1954. He discusses training at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana, which involved learning skills like woodsmanship as well as physical fitness exercises. Brennan describes fighting fires, including the last one he worked on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. He contrasts fighting fires in Montana to those in New Mexico, including the impact the dry climate of the latter state had on that work. Brennan discusses working on the 20th Century Fox film Red Skies of Montana. He also describes his fellow smokejumpers in terms of clothing, behavior, and attitude.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Social aspects; Red Skies of Montana; Missoula, Montana; Nine Mile Ranger Station; Forest Fires New Mexico; Middle Fork of Salmon River
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 (58 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (17 p. : 28 cm.)
Brennan, William C., "William C. Brennan Interview, June 26, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-010.