Montana's Waldron Creek Fire: The 1931 Tragedy and the Forgotten Five

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On August 25, 1931, five men died fighting the devastating Waldron Creek Fire west of Choteau, Montana. Lacking training and preparation, Herbert Novotny, Frank Williamson, Hjalmer G. Gunnarson, Ted Bierchen and Charles Allen dashed into the flames and never stood a chance. The Teton County coroner added insult to injury, noting that each had "no one to blame but himself." Three men were buried in unmarked graves. Records show that the body of the fifth was returned to his family, but no burial site is known. Only one has a headstone. National Smokejumper Association chief historian Dr. Charles Palmer shines a light on this important story, finally honoring the heroic sacrifice that led to critical changes in wildland firefighting.
ISBN: 9781467119269
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Montana
Series: Disaster
Images: 62
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Charles Palmer spent ten of his nearly twenty-year wildland firefighting career with the Missoula Smokejumpers. Charlie completed his BA, MA, EdS and EdD degrees at the University of Montana. He joined the University of Montana's Department of Health and Human Performance in 2006, has been a consultant with Mission-Centered Solutions since 2000, is the director of Human Performance for the First Twenty and serves as the historian for the National Smokejumper Association.
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