Oral History Interview with Wilmer "Bill" Carlsen 1984 August 29 (Side A)
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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.