DU Special Collections

Oral History Interview with Watson W. "Java" Bradley

Title:
Oral History Interview with Watson W. "Java" Bradley
Creator:
None specified
Date:
1984-07-22
Type:
Sound Recording
Description:
Watson “Java” Bradley talks about being the first Navajo smokejumper based out of Missoula, Montana, from 1974 to 1977. Bradley describes his training, particularly the physically challenging aspects of it. He speaks of the pride he felt in being a smokejumper and the camaraderie on the Missoula base where his race was never an issue. He talks about fighting fires throughout the Northwest, New Mexico, and Alaska. Bradley also discusses Navajo culture and how it related to his work.