The Chaplain’s Job During the Mexican Border War
It is interesting how this chaplain, in 1915, was searching for the best way to do his job while struggling with some of the things that chaplains still struggle with today. It is an interesting look into the life of a chaplain from early last century, deployed with his soldiers.
The Chaplain’s Job
by John M. Thomas
“I did not hold a regimental church. The army has a bugle call for ‘church,’ plaintive, soft, and very beautiful, and some chaplains console themselves for handful audiences by imaginations of mysterious influences supposed to proceed from the mere sounding of the church I wanted something more tangible. So I had a motor truck driven into a company street every Sunday evening and the entire regiment assembled in regular formation before it…
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Posted on 28 June 2020, in Chaplaincy, History and tagged 1st Amendment, 1st Vermont Infantry, Free Speech, Green Mountain Boys, John M. Thomas, Mexican Border War, Militia, Rio Grande, Y.M.C.A., Young Men's Christian Association. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.