David Kauffman discusses working as a smokejumper during World War Two due to his conscientious objector status. He describes the training and the attitudes of the conscientious objectors, and he recalls working with the African American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Kauffman also relates a conversation he had with Wag Dodge about the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumpers Training of; Conscientious objectors United States; World War, 1939-1945 Conscientious objectors; Forest fires Montana
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.)
Kauffman, David V., "David V. Kauffman Interview, August 16, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-054.