William C. Brennan Interview, June 26, 1984


William C. Brennan


Kim Taylor



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 133-010

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (58 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (17 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:03:35 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_010.mp3; OH_133_010.pdf

William C. Brennan Interview, June 26, 1984
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