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John R. "Jack" Gregory ( Missoula 1944 )

posted: Jul 19, 2021

Jack, 70, died August 26, 1986, in Bozeman, Montana. He was born July 19, 1916, in Billings, Montana. Jack was raised on a ranch in Rotten Grass (MT) and spent his early years on a family ranch near Mussellshell and graduated from Hardin High School. Jack was a "dedicated pacifist" and entered Civilian Public Service in 1942. He worked at Camp 33 at Fort Collins, Colorado, and Camp 55 in Belton, Montana. Both camps were operated by the Mennonite Central Committee.

In 1944 he went to the CPS-103 smokejumper unit and jumped at Missoula 1944-45 before being discharged in March of 1946. Jack earned a degree from Eastern Montana State University in Billings and continued to operate the family ranch until his death from complications of ALS.