Bob Marshall Interview, August 12, 1986


Bob Marshall


Rosa Stone



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 163, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 163-020

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:33:37 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_020.mp3; OH_163_020.pdf

Bob Marshall Interview, August 12, 1986