Robert V. Gorsuch Interview, June 21, 1984


Robert V. Gorsuch


Kathy Root



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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.

Document Type

Oral History


Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Red Skies of Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 133-041

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (78 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (24 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:24:25 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_041.mp3; OH_133_041.pdf

Robert V. Gorsuch Interview, June 21, 1984
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