“The chaplains who went to war with U.S. soldiers in 1917 were often called ‘Holy Joe.’ The chaplains who are going to war in 1942 are more apt to be called ‘Chappie,’ a nickname indicative of an enlarged relationship. Army chaplains today have assumed a multitude of functions that make them resemble unofficial morale officers Apart from his purely religious duties, the average chaplain acts as adviser to the lovelorn, consoler of the sick, jailed and troubled, athletic director, organizer of recreation, banker, postmaster, lending librarian. He is, says grateful rookies, ‘the lonely soldier’s best friend.
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Posted on 3 November 2018, in Chapels, Chaplaincy, History and tagged 152nd Infantry Regiment, 38th Division, Camp Shelby, Cantonment Chapel, Fort Bragg, George A. Ritchey. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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