Tedford Lewis reminisces about his Civilian Public Service (CPS) smokejumping experiences. He describes his pacifist beliefs, how his status as a conscientious objector impacted him both during and after World War Two, and the discussions he had with military veterans and Forest Service personnel. Lewis recalls the training at Seeley Lake, Montana, and U.S. Forest Service leaders like Ed Cooley and Wag Dodge who worked there. He also discusses his post-war employment teaching at an American university in Beirut and witnessing and aiding the first Palestinian refugees in 1948.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Montana Social aspects; Conscientious objectors United States; World War, 1939-1945 Conscientious objectors; Israel and Palestine, 1948
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (70 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (19 p. : 28 cm.)
Lewis, Tedford P., "Tedford P. Lewis Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-059.