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Ben was born in Livingston, Montana, on March 24, 1913. His education ended after grammar school and by 1940, he was working for the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was a smokejumper in 1942 and enlisted in the Army September 21, 1942, two weeks after making his last fire jump. Ben lived in various cities in Montana his entire life except for his short hitch in the Army, working primarily for lumber companies as a foreman. He died in Broadwater, Montana on January 26, 1991.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Skillman, Benjamin Alexander (Missoula 1942)" (2020). Smokejumper Obituaries. 453.