Kenneth Diller describes his time with the smokejumpers from 1943-1945. He talks about being in the very first group of smokejumpers and training at Seeley Lake, Montana. He recalls building the base camp at Cave Junction, Oregon, and working on timber cruising projects during the winters there. Diller describes a few of his 28 jumps, including his work on the Bunker Hill fire and the Chelan fire, and he briefly discusses his history as a farmer in Ohio, including the fact that his parents died when he was 13, and that he and his older brother worked the family farm to allow his siblings to go to college. He expresses no regrets about his time with the smokejumpers and says he would do it over again if he could.
Civilian Public Service; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Oregon; Smokejumpers, Washington; World War, 1939-1945; Mennonite Church; 4-E classification; Smokejumper training; farming; 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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Diller, Kenneth A., "Kenneth A. Diller Interview, August 11, 1986" (1986). Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers Oral History Project. 22.