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Richard Charles Lynch ( Missoula 1940 )

posted: Jul 30, 2020

Dick was born December 8, 1908, in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota. By 1930, he moved to Columbia Falls, Montana, working as a laborer in a lumber camp and by October 1940, he was working for the Flathead NF as a Forest Guard. He was one of the seven selected representatives from several forests in Region One, to start the smokejumper program in 1940. Richard was the representative from the Flathead NF. One of the men in the original group did not pass the physical and the other dropped out during training.
Dick was 32 years old when he rookied in 1940. In his second year, he was the squadleader for the crew at Big Prairie RS and had 13 jumps when he ended his smokejumping career at the end of the 1941 season. He was the spotter for half of the 34 fire jumps made in 1941. Dick married a lady in Minnesota in March of 1941 and returned there after the 1941 fire season. He died June 22, 1944, at the Glen Lake Sanatorium, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The sanatorium was primarily a treatment center for tuberculosis in 1944.