John Dunne describes working as a smokejumper from 1946 to 1949 after serving in the military during World War Two. He offers his perspective on military veterans serving as smokejumpers and how the men used smokejumping to transition from military service to civilian life. Dunne discusses the shift from military veterans to college students working as smokejumpers and how those two groups interacted. He also talks about the effects of the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire on the program.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Social aspects; Veterans Employment United States
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 (65 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (20 p. : 28 cm.)
Dunne, John K., "John K. "Jack" Dunne Interview, August 16, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-031.