~Online Chaplain Museum~

Providing Chaplain History, Information and Resources

There are a few great brick-and-mortar chaplain museums in the world. The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Museum is a great place to start, showing the history of the United States Army Chaplain Corps from its inception to the current Global War on Terror. The National Civil War Chaplains Museum is another great one that focuses on chaplain ministry during the Civil War. If you find yourself in England, The Museum of Army Chaplaincy will help you learn about chaplaincy from the perspective of the British Royal Army. There are also many other general military museums which have small displays depicting chaplain ministry and memorabilia.

The Chaplain Kit is not a brick-and-mortar museum. We don’t have a building with a parking lot, permanent exhibits, shelves and shelves of reference books, or a gift store. What we offer is a wealth of information, biographies, histories, examples, news items, photos, videos, resources, and links; all available to you without having to leave your home or office.

While what is available online is growing rapidly, finding information about military chaplains throughout history is like sorting through bins in a Code-B sale to find your size. You have to go from site to site, searching specific key words, checking references and following links to maybe find what you’re looking for. There is a lot of information out there but it is scattered over hundreds (or thousands) of sites, often buried within partially related articles or massive databases.

The goal of The Chaplain Kit is to gather together in one site, the resources you may be looking for. Instead of having to search from site to site for a picture of worship services in previous wars, or a description of field Mass kits (with pictures), or a little background about a Medal of Honor-winning chaplain, you can just go from tab to tab at The Chaplain Kit, or use the powerful search function to find all posts with particular key words.

But, as much as we’d like to, we can’t find it or host it all, so The Chaplain Kit also has a substantial Links page to help you quickly find specific information without having to search the web yourself. These links include official government chaplaincy sites both in the United States and in many other countries. There are links to museums and archives, sites that focus on certain eras or specific chaplain ministry and other links to resources of particular interest to chaplains and those who support them.

There is so much more on The Chaplain Kit than what can be described here in a few short paragraphs so please look around, click on the tabs and follow the drop down menus, use the search function on the sidebar or go to the site map to see the big picture. Most likely you’ll find what you’re looking for, but if you don’t…check back later because we are continually adding new content to make The Chaplain Kit the preferred place to go for chaplain history, information and resources!


Here’s a short video to introduce you to a little bit of what you’ll find inside:





  1. CH (MAJ) Tracy Hudgins

    Hello, I can we submit items for your consideration. I have a worship bulletin from 1947 / Fort Hamilton NY (PDF / clean)

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  2. I have a large ww2 chaplains collection that you might be able to use if you like. I can send some photos and if your interested in something I can send more detales.


  3. Hello, I am working on a project about Jewish American servicemen and women in WWII, including Rabbi Chaplains. You have some very interesting photos that don’t have source notes that I would like to follow up on, and also see what else you may have in your collection. Thank you!


  4. Hi, For your film section I play the Chaplain in Fury in two Lobby cards. https://www.starnow.co.uk/christopherw33618/photos/6202523/


  5. Chaplain Densforth,
    I’m just beginning a process of looking into Military Chaplaincy from a civilian ministry background. I found Chaplain McCary’s podcast and your page here very helpful to get a sense for what chaplain life and ministry is like. Thank you for the info and your service!
    Is there a vehicle for someone in my position to connect with Chaplains and simply talk as I consider this potential move?


    • Hello,

      I’m glad that you found something on The Chaplain Kit helpful!

      To make contact with chaplains, you could go through a nearby military post. Most chaplains would be willing to sit down with you. If you’re looking at National Guard or Reserve chaplaincy, those chaplains are sometimes harder to find since they are not full-time.

      The Chaplain branch has specific recruiters. Going into the military recruiting station in town won’t get you much information. You can find the chaplain recruiter that services your area by going to http://www.goarmy.com/chaplain/corps-career-jobs.html.

      Another option is to go through your denomination (or another) and talk to their chaplain endorser. They are often very experienced in military chaplaincy and also up-to-date on current requirements.

      I hope this helps!



  6. Adrienne Cohen

    I’ve been reading your posts and thumbing through the pictures of chapels with interest — noticed there were no photos of the Fort Lawton, Washington chapels, so I thought I’d send a link (https://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/HistoricalSite/QueryResult.aspx?ID=-165495688) to some information and one shot of the remaining Chapel on the Hill that is now a Seattle Historic Site. Thank you for your service and please keep writing. (I was an Army brat who had the privilege of living at Fort Lawton for a brief period in 1959-1961, and have visited many of the other post chapels around the country.) Almost all the old buildings at Fort Lawton, now Discovery Park, are gone, and Seattle is still trying to figure out what to do with the rest, but the history is fascinating. I did not know until I read this summary the real origin of the other two chapels on the fort. (When I was there, Chapel in the Pines, I believe was Catholic, and Chapel by the Sea was Jewish.)


  7. D.A.Schurhammer

    Sir, I came across a class “A” and NOK dog tags belonging to Chaplain Maj. Kent M. Dale s/n o-425798. It is double patched 6th and 2nd Armored Division. The DUI’s are for 67th Armored Regiment. It is WW2 and the ribbon bar has a B.S., P.H. and 5 stars on the ETO ribbon. It has the Belgium aiguillette and below the ribbons is the Grand Dutches Charlotte 1944 Luxembourg Liberation medal. Maj. Dale was born 1908 and passed 1971. Other than he had prior service as an enlisted man and he was the 1st Chaplain for what would become the 6th Armored. His Uniform makes it clear he was at the Ardennes, I can find nothing else. Do you know of any place that fill in the blanks on his service? Yours David


  8. Jeremiah Snyder

    Thanks-I appreciate this site!
    QUESTION: I am looking for RB 16-100 as well as JP 3-50 OCT 2015. Can’t find them anywhere. Can you help and perhaps post them on your site?


  9. Pam Winstead

    Is there a way to tell who a chaplains kit was issued to? A serial number or other ID or list? The kit may be Korean era or a bit later.


    • Pam, There really is no way to determine the owner of a chaplain kit unless his/her name or military service number is on it. I’ve never seen a kit with any type of identifying serial or other identifying number on it (like would be on a weapon or computer), so the chaplain would have had to put his/her name or service number on or in it.


      • Pam Winstead

        Thanks, Daryl. I’ll keep looking for clues to the original owner of the kit. It is in an archive, and people have been saying it is a “sample” but I really think it belonged to a chaplain yet to be identified. I have been reading your site, and think it is a post Korea pre Vietnam type kit, and Protestant type. Thanks again.


      • Pam: Another thought: If you had a date of use and unit name, you might could find who was chaplain for the unit was at the time, but that would be circumstantial at best. Also, if you had a record of who donated it to the archives, perhaps you could track down what family member had been in the military.


    • I can find no serial #
      Only gold letters on the outside of the set
      and in memory of
      Ensign Harry Harrison?, Ford Jr
      December 25, 1915 August 15, 1942

      Jim carlin


      • Jim: Likely the name listed as “in memory of” was someone significant to the chaplain and wanted to memorialize him. If there is no chaplain name or serial number, it would be tough to identify. If you had a date of use and unit name, you might could find who was chaplain for the unit was at the time, but that would be circumstantial at best.


  10. Pam Winstead

    Thank you Daryl for your attention to my questions. I have just one more and then I’ll leave you be. Who made and distributed the kits? Was it the specific service Army, Navy, etc.? or based on demonation of chaplain?


    • Pam: You’re welcome. I’m glad to help!

      Each of the services would procure and issue their own kits. Some were very similar, others very different. Often, the chaplains’ endorsers would give them their kit; if not, the service would issue them one. There were several different manufacturers who produced them for procurement by the endorsers and services.


    • Pam: You had mentioned your kit being in an “archive.” What organization are you with? (Feel free to e-mail me that information at TheChaplainKit@gmail.com, if you’d prefer.)


  11. Hi, I have something to ask. Something about english. I watched old tv show the combat this week. Vic morrow was angry and then lieut. said “Take your ticket to the Chaplain and he’ll punch it for you”. I don’t know what it means. Google tell me this site. Would you tell me the meaning? plz


  12. Susan P. Smith

    One of our church members brought her husband’s WWII chaplain’s kit that he wore on his belt for across his chest. These all look much bigger. DO you know of these more transportable to the field?


    • Hello and thanks for stopping by! It is very possible that he put together a kit that was more portable than the kits WW2 chaplains generally used. It is also possible that he was in the service during WW2 but remained in a sufficient number of years that he acquired a later-issued more portable kit. The first chaplain kit that I received (before I knew anything about them) I was told was a WW2 kit but it turned out to be a Vietnam-era kit which is much more portable.


  13. Sharonda Watson

    This is an awesome resource and community I stumbled upon. How can I receive some of the Chaplain prints. I would love to have a few framed and hang in my office. I am a CH in the GAARNG.



    • Sharonda: Thank you for your kind words about the site! As for the prints, they are no longer in print, but you can sometimes find them for sale on eBay or other “used” sources. You could also download them from this website and have copies made.


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