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Bob Crowe

Forestry Pioneer

CroweWeb-border.pngBob was a paratrooper during World War II, and made numerous jumps in combat situations. He jumped behind enemy lines during the D-Day invasion at Normandy Beach. He later jumped into Holland. He then jumped into the Battle of Bastogne, where he and his fellow soldiers were surrounded by German forces. They were rescued by General Patton, and spent the rest of the war fighting under his command.

After the military, Bob went on to earn his bachelor's degree in Forestry from Penn State College in 1951. He road his motorcycle back and forth across the upper U.

S. to Missoula to spend his summer months between school semesters as a smokejumper. He served as a smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service until 1949. Bob knew many of the smokejumpers killed in the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire north of Helena. He worked for Missoula White Pine Sash Company for many years before coming to work for Montana State Forestry about 1972 as a Forest Marketing Specialist. In this capacity, he also was involved with the management of the Conservation Seedling Nursery and Ponderosa Pine Seed Orchard.

Bob left State Forestry to sell insurance for New York Life. He was a Scout Commissioner for many years with the Mullan Trail District. He volunteered for many years at the State Veterans Home in Miles City. 

Bob passed away on July 29, 2017.

Bob Crowe

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