Wilmer Carlsen discusses joining the smokejumpers under the Civilian Public Service program (CPS) in 1943 because he was a conscientious objector during World War Two. He describes his experiences as a smokejumper, including the fires he worked, and his relationships with regular Forest Service employees, as well as other religiously-affiliated conscientious objectors. Carlsen recalls his training, as well as the duties to which he was assigned in the off-season, including cooking and working on construction projects.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Conscientious Objectors United States Biography; World War Two 1939-1945
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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2 sound cassettes (105 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (26 p. : 28 cm.)
Carlsen, Wilmer, "Wilmer "Bill" Carlsen Interview, August 29, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH_133_013_014.