Richard Clearman describes his experiences as a smokejumper in Missoula, Montana, during the summers of 1952 to 1954, with particular emphasis on the procedures for fighting fires, collecting equipment after fires, and packing out. He also recalls project work building an airstrip in the Salmon River Wilderness Area in Idaho, as well as the camaraderie between the smokejumpers, the majority of whom were university students.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Forest Fires Idaho; Forest Fires Prevention and Control
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 (75 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (22 p. : 28 cm.)
Clearman, Richard T., "Richard T. Clearman interview, June 27, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-016.