Frank Neufield recalls joining the smokejumpers as a manager in 1943, and becoming a smokejumper himself in 1944. He talks about what inspired him to join, and about his time at Big Prairie, Montana, jumping on fires. He recalls the camaraderie of the smokejumpers, which he considers the highlight of his experience in the program, and touches on the importance of his Mennonite faith in guiding his decision to sign up for the program. He briefly discusses his post-war career in California, first as a teacher, principal, and eventual superintendent of schools, and then as the owner of a publishing house for religious books.
United States Forest Service; American Friends Service Committee; Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Mennonite Church
Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 163, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (7 p.: 28 cm.)
Neufield, Frank E., "Frank E. Neufield Interview, August 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 14.