DU Special Collections

Oral History Interview with William Bolen

Title:
Oral History Interview with William Bolen
Creator:
None specified
Date:
1984-07-21
Type:
Sound Recording
Format:
sound recording
Description:
William Bolen describes being one of the first smokejumpers in Montana in 1940. He talks about being chosen from the Kootenai National Forest, where he was working as a smoke chaser, and coming to Seeley Lake with seven other men to start the smokejumper program. Bolen describes the training he received by instructors Chet Derry and Glenn Smith, as well as the three jumps he made before deciding not to be a smokejumper. He discusses the equipment that was used for that program, including Eagle parachutes and leather football helmets.