Leland “Lee” Miller recalls his time with the smokejumpers. He discusses how his Mennonite faith expedited the process of registering as a conscientious objector, and how his sense of adventure and desire to not be seen as cowardly by active servicemen influenced him to join the smokejumper program. Miller talks about the mostly small fires he jumped on during the summers of 1944 and 1945. He then briefly discusses his post-war career, including why he eventually switched from farming to operating heavy machinery for Caterpillar. He also talks about how much the environment of the northwestern United States left an impression, and eventually influenced Miller and his wife to move to Washington State permanently.
Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Mennonite Church; 4-E classification; Smokejumper training
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 (6 p.: 28 cm.)
Miller, Leland, "Leland "Lee" Miller Interview, August 12, 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 18.