Easter in Uniform

Wherever Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines go, Chaplains go with them to provide for worship and other religious events. Easter is no different, and for Christians, even brings a greater emphasis when deployed and away from home. Below are a few pictures from Easter celebrations from years past.

Chaplain Peter Paul Cooney

Catholic Chaplain celebrating Mass on Easter in 1864. Photo credit: http://the-american-catholic.com/tag/catholic-chaplains/

chaplain highline

Transferring the chaplain for Easter service by highline from the U.S.S. HEERMANN DD-532

“One of many Easter services held on Appenine mountainsides by the Tenth Mountain Division April 1, 1945; conducted by Caplain William H. Bell for the 605th Artillery Battalion at Rocca Pitigliano. A large group of soldiers sit in a grassy open field with heads bowed. Before them stands the chaplain with a box beside him, a jeep marked beneath the windshield with ‘Chaplain’ in between two crosses, and a portable pump organ.”

“April 1, 1945. Protestant Easter Service in Appennines, Italy
background are trees and buildings.; Members of the Tenth Mountain Division, 605th Artillery Battalion, attend a Protestant Easter religious service at Rocca Pitigliano, Italy, conducted by Chaplain William H. Bell. In the foreground, four men bow their heads together. Corporal Ralph Squires sits at a portable organ and two soldiers face the Chaplain who stands in front of his jeep draped with a white cloth in use as an altar for a small crucifix.”

“Tenth Mountain Division Cpl. Ralph Squires plays the organ during the 605th Artillery Battalion Protestant Easter service held April 1, 1945, at Rocca Pitigliana, Italy. Worshipers sit on grass listening.”

Elder Kim Shi-han

In 1952, soldiers of the 15th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Division participate in Easter worship service in the open field in Cheolwon, Gangwon-do.

Navy worship

Worship service for Navy personnel. Looks like Easter

314th Bombardment Wing Bulletin

Easter Worship Service bulletin, 1 April 1945, 314th Bombardment Wing, Guam (author’s collection).

314th Bombardment Wing Worship Bulletin

Inside of Easter Worship Service bulletin, 1 April 1945, 314th Bombardment Wing, Guam (author’s collection).

Easter Sunrise Service Italy 1 April 1945

Allied Protestant Sunrise Easter Service, In front of the 17th General Hospital, Italy, 1 April 1945 (author’s collection).

Easter Sunrise Service, Italy, 1 April 1945

Allied Protestant Sunrise Easter Service, In front of the 17th General Hospital, Italy, 1 April 1945 (author’s collection).

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About Daryl Densford

I am an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene serving as an active-duty Army Chaplain. I am currently the Chaplain Resource Manager at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Posted on 16 April 2017, in Chaplaincy, History and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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