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Smoke jumping on the Western fire line : conscientious objectors during World War II

Author: Mark Matthews
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book tells the story of one important group of World War II conscientious objectors: the men who volunteered for Civilian Public Service as U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers. Delving into the reasons, mainly religious, why these men chose not to engage in military conflict, Matthews proves that they were anything but cowards; instead, as they risked their lives by parachuting into America's western  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Nonfiction
Biography
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Matthews
ISBN: 0806137665 9780806137667
OCLC Number: 62593685
Description: xvii, 316 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Civilian public service --
1. Conscientious objection in America --
2. The historic peace churches --
3. Yellowbellies --
4. Hard choices --
5. Birth of smoke jumping --
6. Boot camp --
7. Hit the silk --
8. The long wait --
9. Wild encounters --
10. Eyes in the skies --11. Under fire --
12. Home away from home --
13. Lifelong commitment --
Appendix. Letters home.
Responsibility: Mark Matthews ; foreword by George McGovern.

Abstract:

"This book tells the story of one important group of World War II conscientious objectors: the men who volunteered for Civilian Public Service as U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers. Delving into the reasons, mainly religious, why these men chose not to engage in military conflict, Matthews proves that they were anything but cowards; instead, as they risked their lives by parachuting into America's western wildernesses to fight fires, they demonstrated true patriotism and courage."--Jacket.

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