Richard Cole discusses working as a smokejumper at the Cave Junction, Oregon base from 1948 to 1950. He describes the training, focusing on the physical aspects and the first training jump. Cole recalls project work including building the facilities for the smokejumper base at Cave Junction. He reminisces about the camaraderie among the smokejumpers at a small base, as well as the differences between the college students and the military veterans, in particular the foreman Cliff Marshall, who ran the base like a military outfit.
Smokejumpers Oregon Biography; Smokejumping Oregon History; Smokejumping Oregon Social aspects; Smokejumpers Training of
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 (90 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (25 p. : 28 cm.)
Cole, Richard, "Richard Cole Interview, October 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-018.