Vietnam Chaplain Casualties

The last chaplain casualty of the Vietnam War died on Easter Sunday in 1971. He was the sixteenth chaplain to die in that war, 13 Army chaplains and 3 Navy chaplains. This 10-minute video briefly looks at those sixteen chaplains.

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First Jewish Chaplains

Non-Protestant Christian chaplains were not commissioned into the Army until the Civil War. The first of these were Jewish and the first Jewish chaplain to be assigned to a regiment was Ferdinand Sarner, on this day 1863. To learn more about Chaplain Sarner and the other “first” Jewish Chaplains, watch this video:

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Remembering Chaplain Leo P. Craig

On This Day in Chaplain Corps History, 5 April 1951, Chaplain Leo P. Craig was vesting to perform Mass for his unit when a nearby explosion beckoned him. After kneeling down to provide religious support to a Soldier wounded by a landmine, another mine was detonated taking the life of Chaplain Craig and the others around him.

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Remembering Reverend-Captain John Steel

On this day in Chaplain Corps history, 25 March 1756, Rev. John Steel was commissioned in the Provincial Army, to fight during the French and Indian War, while continuing to minister to his flock. He again took up arms during the Revolutionary War, becoming known as Reverend Captain Steel as he provided religious support while also commanding his unit.

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The Last Chaplain Killed in Action in the Korean War

On This Day in Chaplain Corps History, 11 March 1952, Chaplain Robert Crane was killed by North Korean artillery while leaving the front after providing worship for his troops. Chaplain Crane was the last U.S. Chaplain to be killed in action in the Korean War.

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Remembering Chaplain William Taggart

You have probably heard of Chaplain Taggart’s book, “My Fighting Congregation” but do you know his story?

On This Day in Chaplain Corps History, 27 February 1942, Chaplain William C. Taggart performed his duties -and more- so gallantly during fighting on the island of Java, that later that year he was awarded the Silver Star for his actions on this day in 1942.

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Remembering the 1st Chaplain Captured by the Germans in WW2

On this day in Chaplain Corps history, 16 February 1943, Chaplain Eugene Daniel was the first US chaplain to be captured by the Germans. Caring for wounded American -and German- soldiers, Chaplain Daniel was taken prisoner when the Afrika Korps overtook their position.

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You may find interesting the extended version of this video which includes video clips of Chaplain Daniel telling his story from a presentation he made to a high school class in the ’90s:

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Remembering the Five Chaplains of the Mallory

Just four days after The Four Chaplains were lost with the sinking of the Dorchester, five more chaplains died when a German sub sunk the Mallory, on this day in Chaplain Corps History, 7 February 1943.

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If you’d like more information on the Mallory’s last voyage, the five chaplains who perished as well as the two chaplains who survived, and other details not included in the shorter version above, this 15-minute video is for you!

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Remember the Four Chaplains

3 February 1943: On This Day in Chaplain Corps History, Chaplains Goode, Fox, Poling and Washington were on the U.S.A.T. Dorchester in the North Atlantic when a German submarine torpedoed and sent it to the bottom of a watery grave. These four chaplains exemplified nurturing the living, caring for the wounded and honoring the dead as they sacrificed their own safety and lives to minister to the needs of others as they served God and country.

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Chaplains in Chapels Drinking Coffee

Excited to share the next episode of Chaplains in Chapels Drinking Coffee! In this episode, we went to Fort Benning, Georgia and visited with Chaplain Estella Karr at the Interfaith Chapel she helped to establish.

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