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About Civilian Public Service
Chuck Minnich and Rod Lehman resting from forestry work

Chuck Minnich and Rod Lehman resting from forestry work near Cascade Locks, Oregon, 1942.

About Civilian Public Service

Civilian Public Service (CPS) was set up to provide alternative service for conscientious objectors during World War II. This unique church-state partnership established a program in which over 12,000 men performed "work of national importance" primarily in camps administered by the historic peace churches (the Brethren, Friends, and Mennonites).

To learn more about Civilian Public Service, go to:

The Civilian Public Service Story

PBS Website for The Good War: World War II Pacifists