Download Full Text (47 KB)
Bruce, 93, died April 8, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. He was born on May 9, 1923, in Middleton, Idaho. He graduated from McCall High School in McCall, Idaho, in 1942. After graduation from high school in 1942 he was inducted into the Army. As an infantryman in G Company, 328th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, Bruce fought in the front lines in France and Germany. Discharged as a staff sergeant in 1946, Bruce was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and other decorations for his World War II service. He jumped at McCall 1946-48 while obtaining his college degree from the University of Idaho. After his graduation in 1951 he began a 29-year career with the USFS. After his retirement in 1979, he moved to Prineville, Oregon. During the 80s, Bruce completed a memoir of his World War II experiences for his children. This and the memoir of fellow soldier Lee Otis were published in 1992 as G Company's War: Two Personal Accounts of the Campaigns in Europe, 1944-1945. Stephen Ambrose in his book, Citizen Soldiers, in talking about books by WWII veterans and their experiences, said: "Among the best of these are Bruce Egger and Lee Otts, G Company's War: Two Personal Accounts of the Campaigns in Europe, 1944-1945.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Egger, Bruce Emil (McCall 1946)" (2017). Smokejumper Obituaries. 641.