Monday, January 17, 2022

Episode 23 - Captives: Part 1 - Conscientious Objectors

This is my grandfather, Maurice Yerden,
who served in the Civilian Public Service
as a conscientious objector during WWII

 Welcome to the supplemental blog post for Episode 23 all about Conscientious Objectors and their work on the American homefront! This episode has a lot of personal meaning to me as my grandfather was a conscientious objector during WWII. It meant a lot to be able to dedicate this episode to him and the work of so many other men whose work largely has gone unrecognized. 

Finding photographs of conscientious objectors during the war is very difficult and my own grandpa didn't leave behind any pictures of his time in the Service that I'm aware of, so all I have are these fascinating letters that were sent in to President Truman pleading with him to release the conscientious objectors during the Christmas of 1946, a full year after the war had ended.  To view these letters, along with many others, you can visit the National Archives link HERE.

The cookbook features was this amazing cookbook!

The original recipes has some complications, so I typed up this easier to follow version for you!

This cookbook had a lot of recipes with fun names including these two: 
Torpedo Frosting and Defense Apples!



Civilian Public Service Camps, People, & History

Alternative Service: Conscientious Objectors and Civilian Public Service in World War II

U.S. Conscientious Objectors in World War II

The Quakers and Conscientious Objections


Letters of petition to President Truman


A Different Kind of War Story - A Conscientious Objector in World War II by Edward M. Arnett

Dear Dods, Letters From a Conscientious Objector in WWII by Art Bryant

Americans Remember the Home Front: An Oral Narrative of the World War II Years in America by Roy Hoopes

The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss

The Great Starvation Experiment by Todd Tucker

Newspaper Articles:

“Five Million Man Days of Work Performed During War Two By Conscientious Objectors.” Bedford Daily Times Mail (Indiana), 2 Jul 1946.

“Work of CO Is Praised.” The Sacramento Bee (California), 3 Jul 1946.

“Objectors May Get Farm Work.” The Knoxville News-Sentinal (Kentucky), 9 Feb 1942.

“Urges Consideration for Conscientious Objectors.” The Coshocton Tribune (Ohio), 2 Feb 1941.

“Conscientious Objectors Arrive on Dairy Farms.” Latrobe Bulletin (Pennsylvania), 11 May 1943.

“10 Conscientious Objectors Placed on County Farms.” Intelligencer Journal (Pennsylvania), 25 May 1943.

“Conscientious Objectors to Work on Dairy Farms in Vicinity of Rockford.” Freeport Journal-Standard (Illinois), 2 Apr 1943.

“Objectors Hit As ‘Hopeless’ For Farm Aid.” Democrat and Chronicle (New York), 13 Mar 1943.

“Conscientious Objectors Are Seen as Aid to Farmers.” Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia), 20 May 1943.


  1. A fascinating dive into an overlooked subject, thank you for sharing! In the apple muffin recipe, I'm curious about the change from cake flour to AP. Did you find an improvement in the muffin? I keep both on hand (and bread flour as well, and whole wheat…) but living at altitude means a lot of baking goes awry anyway so I usually follow the recipe EXACTLY the first time out of the gate to get a feel for where I need to make adjustments.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I typically don't buy cake flour since I don't use it enough. I think with the sifting, it helps with the texture in the long run anyway, so I felt the muffin was delicious! I haven't tried it with cake flour, so I can't say anything about the comparison. I do live between 0-1,000ft. above sea level, so I realize my baking results will most likely vary somewhat from those as higher altitudes. I don't think the type of flour would be affected too much. More than anything, I think humidity levels are what will affect the recipe more. Thanks so much for listening and for visiting the blog!


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