Jim Browne discusses the two seasons he worked as a smokejumper in 1949 and 1950. He describes his training at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana and the camaraderie there. Browne talks about what it was like to be a smokejumper during the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire and the impact the incident had on the program, including changes to the approach of fighting fires. Browne talks about his views on what makes an effective leader, drawing from his experiences as a smokejumper and his service as a Marine Corps Pilot in the Korean War. He also describes the role of alcohol played within the smokejumping community and his later alcoholism.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Nine Mile Ranger Station; Missoula, Montana; Mann Gulch Fire; Korean War; Marine Corps; Alcoholism
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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1 sound cassette (90 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (17 p. : 28 cm.)
Browne, Jim, "Jim Browne Interview, July 22, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-011.