Conscientious Objector

A Journey of Peace, Justice, Culture, and Environment

by Wayne R. Ferren Jr.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/16/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 538
ISBN : 9781480897052
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 538
ISBN : 9781480897038
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 538
ISBN : 9781480897045

About the Book

What would you do if you were drafted to fight in a war?

As a conscientious objector opposed to all wars, Wayne R. Ferren Jr. had to answer that question during the Vietnam War.

He called on his religious and scientific backgrounds as well as his environmental activism to argue that he should be excluded from fighting in, or supporting this war. Following a successful defense of his claim, Wayne served two years of alternative civilian service, which influenced his professional and personal life for the next fifty years.

Decades after his service, he was shocked to find his name on the Vietnam War Memorial, which turned out to be that of another young man with a similar name born the same year Wayne was born. That man died in 1968 when his plane was hit by artillery fire and crash landed at Khe Sanh Marine Combat Base. He will forever remain a teenage father killed in a senseless war.

To this day, the duality haunts the author, and in this multifaceted memoir, he looks back at a lifetime and how his background, scientific training, and transcendentalism have guided him on a path of conscientious objection, service, and conservation, believing all things are sacred.

About the Author

Wayne R. Ferren Jr. is a conscientious objector who performed alternative civilian service during the Vietnam War at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. He earned a bachelor of geology and a master of biology from Rutgers University. He worked as a botanist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for twenty-six years, serving in various capacities, including the executive director of the Museum of Systematics and Ecology; director of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve; and assistant director of the UCSB Natural Reserve System. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and the recipient of many environmental awards and acknowledgments.