Torrence was a conscientious objector whose Civilian Public Service was performed for the National Park and Forestry Service, and U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in North Carolina, Tennessee, California, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. He disappeared shortly after going AWOL in 1945; his body was found in 1956 in the mountains of California.
Photographs, a Kansas Wesleyan University yearbook (with personal messages and inscriptions), diplomas, correspondence regarding Torrence's disappearance, newspaper clippings, his memorial service booklet or program, and a diary which he kept during a week-long adventure as a "hobo" in Kansas.
Information supplied in 2000 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, concerning the circumstances of Torrence's death, is in the control file for this collection.
Vernon Torrence Collection, 1930-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Public service employment
Conscientious objectors--World War, 1939-1945
2000.3014 (NMAH Acc.)
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