Roy Wenger Interview, October 24, 1987


Roy Wenger


Daniel Hall



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Roy Wenger discusses the origins of the Civilian Public Service [CPS] program which he served under as a smokejumper for the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and Montana during World War Two. He also describes his career after his smokejumping days and how working for the CPS as a conscientious objector affected him in the workplace and everyday life. Wenger recounts the positive and, at times, negative relationships CPS smokejumpers had with the communities in which they lived. He describes smokejumper camp meetings and how they were structured after Quaker meetings in which decisions were made unanimously after spending time in contemplation and allowing input from all members of the camp.


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Document Type

Oral History


Conscientious objectors; Firefighting; Smokejumping; Smokejumping, Missoula, Montana; World War, 1939-1945; Civilian Public Service [CPS]; U.S. Forest Service; Ohio State University; Lewis B. Hershey; Indiana University, Bloomington; Returning veterans; Veterans’ jobs; Hutterian Brethren [Hutterites]; Mennonites; The Religious Society of Friends [Quakers]; Mennonite Central Committee; Earl Cooley; Alice Page; Ralph Hand; Smokejumpers reunions

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Daniel Hall Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 180, 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 180-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:01:08 minutes

Local Filename

OH_180_001.mp3; OH_180_001.pdf

Roy Wenger Interview, October 24, 1987