Tedford P. Lewis Interview, September 26, 1984


Tedford P. Lewis


Roxanne Farwell



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumping Montana Social aspects; Conscientious objectors United States; World War, 1939-1945 Conscientious objectors; Israel and Palestine, 1948

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, 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 Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 133-059

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (70 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (19 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:10:32 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_059.mp3; OH_133_059.pdf

Tedford P. Lewis Interview, September 26, 1984
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