Bob Marshall describes how his Quaker faith made it easy for him to attain classification as a conscientious objector. He talks briefly about his time at the West Campton, New Hampshire, Luray, Virginia, and Laurel, Maryland Civilian Public Service camps, before moving on to describe his experience with the smokejumpers in the summer of 1945. He describes in detail four of his 14 jumps, including the final jump, which was a rescue. He briefly discusses two of the fires he was on, one larger one and one small fire. Marshall then talks about his life after the war, describing how he trained as a teacher. When he decided teaching was not for him, he became involved with an American Friends Service Committee project in Philadelphia, working at a self-help home. He worked there for 14 years, and then relocated to run a similar program in California, where he and his family still resided at the time of the interview.
American Friends Service Committee; Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Quaker Church; 4-E classification; Smokejumper training; Mental hospitals; 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 (9 p.: 28 cm.)
Marshall, Bob, "Bob Marshall Interview, August 12, 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 20.