Larry & Lenna Mae Gara

When in 1940, the United States passed its first conscription law during peacetime, it also made provisions to allow citizens whose religion forbid participation in war to legally object. Men who achieved classification as a conscientious objector could serve as medics in the military, or participate in civilian work in a Civilian Public Service camp. In this interview, Larry and Lenna Mae Gara share their own WWII experiences, including Mr. Gara's time in prison for his refusal to register for the draft, even when he knew he would likely be granted "CO" status.

Date Recorded: 
08/24/2007