Lewis “Lou” Berg discusses how his religious convictions led him to apply for 4-E status after the military could not promise him a non-combatant role otherwise. He tells how this status prevented him from getting his first teaching contract renewed. He then talks about his first Civilian Public Service [CPS] camp in Coshocton, Ohio, where he worked on a soil hydrology experiment, and about why he decided to apply for the smokejumpers. Berg describes his time with the smokejumpers, including his work on the Bell Lake fire in 1944. He explains why he transferred away from the smokejumpers in 1945, to work at a mental hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia. After briefly discussing his experiences there, Berg recalls his time with the American Friends Service Committee in Germany, and then his teaching career after his return to the United States.
American Friends Service Committee; Civilian Public Service; Smokejumpers Montana Interviews; World War, 1939-1945; Conscientious objectors; Methodist Church; Soil Conservation; Mental hospitals; Bell Lake Fire; Ninemile, Montana
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 (16 p.: 28 cm.)
Berg, Lewis, "Lewis "Lou" Berg Interview, August 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 15.