Independent Historian

Bob Zybach has been Program Manager for since 1996. He has a PhD from Oregon State University (OSU) in Environmental Sciences, with a research focus on forest and wildfire history. He also has an MAIS and a BS from OSU, each in the field of Forest Sciences. He has been widely published and interviewed in the public media on the topics of forest history, fire history, reforestation, wildlife habitat, Oregon Indian history, Oregon black history, and scientific peer review methodology. Zybach is a 5th-generation Oregonian and just became a great-grandparent to Kindal Scott Zybach on October 1, 2014. He has been working on two scholarly articles and a detailed biography of Letitia Carson with Janet Meranda of Salem, Oregon since 1989.

555th Parachute Infantry Battalion [Triple Nickles] (1944-1947)

On August 6, 1945, Private First Class Malvin L. Brown was killed after falling 140 feet during a “let-down” from a tree while fighting a forest fire in the Umpqua National Forest in southern Oregon. Brown was the first smokejumper to die while fighting a … Read More555th Parachute Infantry Battalion [Triple Nickles] (1944-1947)