Civilian Public Service Camp (Missoula, Montana, USA)

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CPS Smoke Jumper.
Scan courtesy Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen IX-13-2-2

The Missoula (Montana) CPS Camp No. 103 was a Forest Service camp under the administration of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) but with the men chosen from other agencies in addition to those from the MCC. The men were trained as "smoke jumpers," learning how to parachute to the sites of forest fires. Over 200 men were members of the camp between its opening and closing dates May 1943—January 1946. A 48-page book entitled Smoke Jumpers, produced by the men of the camp, gave pictures of the unit's work as well as a description of its activities.


Gingerich, Melvin. Service for Peace: a history of Mennonite Civilian Public Service. Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee, 1949: 139-147.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1957

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Civilian Public Service Camp (Missoula, Montana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 20 Nov 2017.,_Montana,_USA)&oldid=104758.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1957). Civilian Public Service Camp (Missoula, Montana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 November 2017, from,_Montana,_USA)&oldid=104758.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 717. All rights reserved.

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