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Incident Name:  Pete King Fire on Selway National Forest, near Pierce ID
Date: 8/13/34
Personnel: two lives lost
Age: late teens, early 20s
Agency/Organization:  Civilian Conservation Corps
Position: firefighters

Summary:

Leroy McGinnis, 25, of Kewanee, IL, CCC Crewman
Lester Johnson, 25 of Galesburg, IL, CCC Crewman

CCC "Boys" -- really young men -- Leroy McGinnis and Lester Johnson (of the Forestry CC Corps, US Army, Camp 1645 French Creek) were killed fighting a fire on the Selway National Forest. They were struck by a falling tree and perished. William Mattison another CCC firefighter perished in California about the same time.

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Location: Selway National Forest, near Pierce ID

Selway National Forest; On October 29, 1934 the Selway National Forest was divided among the Bitterroot, Clearwater, Lolo and Nez Perce National Forests, and the name was discontinued.

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Lessons Learned Center Record

    McGinnis & Johnson LLC Record McGinnis & Johnson LLC Record

  • Idaho Death Certificates: Leroy McGinnis | Lester L Johnson

    Event Place listed as Lewiston, Nez Perce, ID; Occupation and Address were Forestry CC Corps, US Army, Camp 1645 French Creek.

LODDs - CCC members: Leroy McGinnis and Lester Johnson LODDs - CCC members: Leroy McGinnis and Lester Johnson
LODDs - CCC members: Leroy McGinnis and Lester Johnson LODDs - CCC members: Leroy McGinnis and Lester Johnson

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Photos, Videos, & Tributes

  • Leroy Mcginnis is buried in Ottowa IL.
  • Lester Johnson is buried in Galesburg, IL.

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