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Albert Wesley Kern ( Missoula 1943 )

posted: Sep 19, 2020

Wes, 45, died November 21, 1962 and was born January 3, 1917. He was drafted into the Civilian Public Service in 1941 from Springtown, Arkansas, where he was a farmer. His first assignment was to Camp 7 at Magnolia, Arkansas, which was run by the Brethren Church and dealt in soil conservation work.

From there Wes, went to Camp 103 and was among the first group of CPS men to train as smokejumpers. He jumped at Missoula 1943-44 before transferring to Cave Junction for the 1945 season. He is buried at Coffelt Cemetery in Mason Valley, Arkansas.