Wallace D.


Wallace D. Henderson


Floyd Cowles



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Wallace Henderson talks the two years he worked as a smokejumper from 1946 to 1947. He discusses training at the Nine Mile Ranger Station in Montana and jumping out of McCall, Idaho, and Missoula, Montana. Henderson reminisces about some of his fellow smokejumpers, which included a number of World War Two veterans. He describes the first retardant water drop in 1946 and how the program’s leadership roles became more formalized over time. Henderson also discusses his experiences working as a fire lookout in Idaho in 1943, including witnessing a Japanese fire bomb explode.

Document Type

Oral History


Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Equipment and supplies; Smokejumping Social aspects; Forest fires Idaho

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 133-046

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (66 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (26 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:13:28 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_046.mp3; OH_133_046.pdf

Wallace D.
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