May 1944 in Montana
• May 2 – A fire at the Carston Packing Company in Billings
caused $7,000 damage.
• May 3-5 – Personnel at Gore Field presented “Desert Fever,”
a six–act play, at the Rainbow Theater in Great Falls.
• May 4 – A Butte apartment building was destroyed by dynamite,
severely injuring one man. The suspect rented an apartment just minutes before the blast.
• May 13 – Six crewmen died and five were rescued when a
bomber from Casper, Wyoming crashed two miles northwest
of Miles City. A new oil well in the Gage Dome north of
Roundup produced 5,000 barrels a day.
• May 18 – The 163rd Infantry Regiment seized Wakde.
• May 19 – Two hundred Butte miners from the St. Lawrence
Mine walked off the job because they disliked the foreman.
The miners returned to work three days later when the
foreman was removed.
• May 21 – “I Am an American Day.” Two Great Falls men
drowned at the Martinsdale Reservoir.
• May 25 – The Montana Stockgrower’s Association met in
Miles City. One hundred oil truck drivers in Laurel and
Billings went on strike, which ended after two days.
• May 26 – The U.S. Senate passed a measure providing postwar
construction funds for Hungry Horse dam.
• May 27 – The 41st Division landed on Biak Island.