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Chief of Chaplains

Air Force

Chaplain Frank A. Tobey, Terence P. Finnegan

“WASHINGTON, March 31,–BANG FROM A BOOK– President Eisenhower laughs heartily with Air Force Chief of Chaplains Terence P. Finnegan, left, and Army Chief of Chaplians Frank A. Tobey during a White House visit today when they presented him with a copy of the new armed forces hymnal, which he holds…1959” (author’s collection).

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Army

Chaplain Axton- November 11, 1921

“Army and Navy Chaplains who will officiate at the burial of An Unknown American Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, November 11th, 1921. Left to Right, Chaplain John T. Axton, D.S.M., Chief of Chaplains U.S.A. Dr. Norris S. Lazaron, Chaplain at Large, U.S.A. Right, Rev. Charles H. Brent, D.S.M., Senior Chaplain American Expeditionary Forces. Chaplain John B. Frazier, Supervisor Chaplains Corps U.S.N.” (author’s collection).

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Chaplain John Axton

“Col George Dumont, Military Attache of the French Embassy, today pinned the medal of the Legion of Honor on the following American Officers–Left to right, Lt Col McGabe, Col J.T. Axton, Chief of Chaplains, Col Ashburn, Col John … Palmer, General Henry J Riley. SEP 11, 1922” (author’s collection).

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Chaplain Edmund Easterbrook swearing in

“NEW CHIEF OF CHAPLAINS OF U.S. ARMY, SWORN IN. WASHINGTON, D.C. Colonel Edmund P. Easterbrook was sworn in as Chief of Chaplains, United States Army, to succeed Colonel John T. Axton, who retired from active service April 6th, 1928. The ceremony was performed in the Office of the Chief of Chaplains, at the State, War, and Navy Building. Major General John A. Hull, the Judge Advocate of the Army, administered the oath in the presence of Major General Charles P. Summerall, Chief of Staff; Colonel John T. Axton, retired Chief of Chaplains, and friends both military and civilian. Colonel Easterbrook, the new Chief of Chaplains, has recently arrived in Washington from duty at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Colonel Axton, retiring Chief of Chaplains will become dean of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. PHOTO SHOWS- left to right- Major General John A. Hull; Major General Charles P. Summerall; Chaplain (retiring) Colonel John T. Axton and Colonel Edmund P. Easterbrook, newly-appointed chaplain. 1 October 1929” (author’s collection).

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Chaplain Julian Yates

“NEW CHIEF OF ARMY CHAPLAINS. The above photo shows Col. Julian E. Yates who has been appointed the new chief of Army chaplains, replacing Col. Edward D. Easterbrook, retired. 23 December 1929” (author’s collection).

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Chaplain Frank A. Tobey, Terence P. Finnegan

“WASHINGTON, March 31,–BANG FROM A BOOK– President Eisenhower laughs heartily with Air Force Chief of Chaplains Terence P. Finnegan, left, and Army Chief of Chaplians Frank A. Tobey during a White House visit today when they presented him with a copy of the new armed forces hymnal, which he holds…1959” (author’s collection).

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Chaplain Gerhardt Hyatt

Chaplain (MG) Gerhardt W. Hyatt, Chief of Chaplains 1971-1975 (author’s collection).

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Chaplain (MG) Gaylord T. Gunhus was the Army Chief of Chaplains July 1999-July 2003 and passed away in 2016. His remains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery 28 April 2017. Here is the official video of the Interment Service:

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Navy

Chaplain John Fraier

Navy Chaplain, Captain John B. Frazier, 11 Nov 21, Navy Chief of Chaplains 1917-1921 (author’s collection).

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