Doug Strain was interned during WW II in CPS Camp 21, Cascade Locks, and CPS Camp 30, Walhalla, MI.
"The alternative [to Civilian Public Service] was much worse. And we didn't, and still don't, see that there's any good reason to go around killing other people. We just didn't want to get involved in that, and were willing to put up with quite a bit to avoid having to do that. We were pleased that the government permitted [CPS] because in the First World War they weren't very good about that. You either [went into military service] or went to jail, or worse. So we had what, 500 projects going on around the world and did all kinds of projects with 15,000 guys. We were pleased we were given the opportunity to do that because most countries wouldn't have permitted it probably, even at that level. I think that's one reason they went to an all-draft army. We really bothered the selective-service guys. I think that's why they dispensed with the draft and have a paid army now, because they didn't want everyone to go our way. It makes me feel good anyway, that we stirred the thing up a bit."
Doug was an influential pioneer in the early days of the high-tech boom in America. A co-founder of Electro Scientific Industries (ESI), his passion was laser technology. Doug has had a long career as a board member and public figure in Oregon, adding his voice to many civic organizations. His vision of public and community service is deeply rooted in his pacifism.
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