Robert Gorsuch discusses working as a smokejumper in the summers of 1947 to 1950. He recalls how these experiences prepared him for working for the National Park Service to set up a smokejumper unit for Yellowstone National Park in 1951 and 1952. He describes project work, smokejumper equipment, cargo drops, and the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire. He also talks about filming Red Skies of Montana, and he describes the changes in the U.S. Forest Service that he observed during his tenure, including the “let burn” policy.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Red Skies of Montana
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 (78 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (24 p. : 28 cm.)
Gorsuch, Robert V., "Robert V. Gorsuch Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-041.