Harvey Henry Weirich Interview, August 12, 1986


Harvey Henry Weirich


Kim Taylor



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Harvey Henry Weirich describes why he chose to register as a conscientious objector [C.O.] and apply for 4-E status after being drafted at age 19. Weirich explains that his early fascination with airplanes influenced his decision to become a smokejumper. He discusses his smokejumper training at Ninemile, Montana, in 1944, before being stationed at McCall, Idaho, where he made 22 jumps during his two years as a Civilian Public Service [CPS] smokejumper. Weirich describes his memorable jumping experiences, and recalls some of the men he worked with. He also recalls working on a highway in central Idaho during the off-season and when it wasn’t his turn to jump. Weirich describes his conversations with other smokejumpers and C.O.s about religion and nonviolent expression, and he offers his own opinion about the act of non-resistance.


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Document Type

Oral History


American Friends Service Committee; Civilian Public Service [CPS]; Conscientious objectors, United States; Smokejumpers, Idaho; Smokejumpers, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Mennonite Church; 4-E classification; Cooley, Earl; Smokejumper training; McCall Smokejumper Base, Idaho

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; Idaho



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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 163-006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:40:33 minutes

Local Filename

OH_163_006.mp3; OH_163_006.pdf

Harvey Henry Weirich Interview, August 12, 1986