Author Archives: Daryl Densford

On This Day in Chaplain Corps History

On 24 June 1917, after devoting thirty years to the development of a professional Army chaplaincy, Orville J. Nave died of injuries he received when he was hit by a trolley. His amazing career began in the Civil War and continued until this day in Chaplain Corps history, 24 June 1917.

His story is too long to tell in a short video but here are some of the highlights of his influential career:

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Chaplains in Chapels Drinking Coffee

In this next episode we’ll talk with Chaplain Andriy Khomyn about his journey from Soviet Ukraine to U.S. Army Chaplain. Watch it beginning at 0900 on 26 June at The Chaplain Kit YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/TheChaplainKit)

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On This Day in Chaplain Corps History

On 17 June 1775, militias from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire met on Bunker’s and Breed’s Hills overlooking Boston Harbor to challenge the British’s occupation of Boston and the harbor. It was a bloody day of battle with the field going to the Crown, but it bolstered the cause of liberty in the colonies. Not only were patriots from these three colonies, and several others there, putting their lives on the line for their freedom, but there were also at least four chaplains there, enduring the danger and hardships of their new fighting parish, On This Day in Chaplain Corps History. Here are their stories:

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The Chaplain Kit is Growing…but needs your help!

I hope that you have enjoyed what The Chaplain Kit has been offering. In the six years since I created The Chaplain Kit, I have strived to add new content as often as I could to make The Chaplain Kit more valuable for people interested in military chaplaincy and chaplain history.

One of the exciting things happening with The Chaplain Kit this month is that we’re major improvements on the YouTube channel. With the addition of new video series like Chaplains in Chapels Drinking Coffee and On This Day in Chaplain Corps History The Chaplain Kit is regularly producing media for you to learn about chaplain history and provide resources for you to use to tell the chaplain story.

But it takes time to fully develop a YouTube channel, time and subscribers. With more subscribers to The Chaplain Kit’s YouTube channel, more features will become available that will better enhance what we are able to do to provide meaningful content for you and to a broader audience of people interested in chaplain history. Would you consider visiting and subscribing to it? If you don’t want to be bothered with notifications, you can turn them off, but by subscribing you will help The Chaplain Kit become more effective sharing content about chaplain history and the military chaplain’s impact on the service members they have served throughout history.

You can find The Chaplain Kit YouTube channel here.

Thank you for helping us serve you better!

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On This Day in Chaplain Corps History

On 6 June 1944, the largest amphibious combat assault in history took place as Allied forces landed in Normandy by air and sea. Among them were 13 chaplains who parachuted in with the airborne troops and many more who landed on the beaches. In this episode of “On This Day in Chaplain Corps History,” the stories of some of those chaplains are told.

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Chaplains in Chapels Drinking Coffee

In the next episode of Chaplains in Chapels Drinking Coffee, we’ll hear from Chaplain (Major General) Thomas Solhjem, the Army’s Chief of Chaplains. While we were not able to sit down with him for coffee while he was at Fort Rucker recently, he spoke in several venues which provided many topics, including how UMTs have responded to COVID, his priorities for the Chaplain Corps, the Lines of Effort for Transformational Change, and some thoughts on prayer from his message at Fort Rucker’s National Prayer Breakfast.

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This episode will premiere on 5 June 2021 at 0900 EDT on our YouTube channel or Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

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A Virtual tour of Chaplains Hill

There’s a quiet place set aside at Arlington National Cemetery where chaplains are remembered and honored. It’s called Chaplains Hill. What better time than Memorial Day to visit Chaplains Hill and be reminded of the service and sacrifice of the chaplains buried there?

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Honoring the Caisson Platoon

The Caisson Platoon of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) honors deceased Service Members who are interred at Arlington National Cemetery. This 80 second video briefly tells their story and seeks to honor those who honor our nation’s heroes.

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On this day in Chaplain Corps history

On 28 May 1948 the United States Post Office issued a stamp honoring the four chaplains who perished ministering to others when the Dorchester sunk after being torpedoed by a German Submarine in World War Two. Here’s a little more history about the stamp with a lot of samples of the First Day Covers.

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Memorial Day: It’s History & Meaning

Memorial Day should not be just another day off work or picnic opportunity. While those are great, it’s also important to remember what Memorial Day is all about and to remember those who have died while defending our freedoms.

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