Chaplain Pastoral Care

USACHCS StatueOften, the pictures from war, even of chaplains, which make the press are the dramatic ones of chaplains ministering under fire or leading worship services but (as I was recently reminded by a chaplain-friend and colleague) a large part of what chaplains do is less dramatic yet just as -or more than- important, such as pastoral counseling, hospital visitation and workplace visits. This section will highlight (in pictures) some of this chaplain pastoral activity.

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World War I

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British Army chaplain caring for wounded Soldier.

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Chaplain Martin Jackson (center) with Soldiers of the 78th Division writing letters home, 18 April 1918.

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A U.S. Army chaplain gives comfort to a young German POW, 1918.

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World War II

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Chaplain talking to Soldier at Normandy field hospital, 1944.

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“An American Army chaplain kneels next to a wounded soldier in order to administer the Eucharist and Last Rites, France, 1944.”

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“Chaplain Joseph O’Callahan ministers to an injured man aboard USS Franklin, 1945.”

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Vietnam

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“South Vietnam, 11 December 1969. The New Zealand Army Roman Catholic padre, Chaplain Ray Stachurski, administering the last rites to 55613 Private (Pte) Robert Buchan, D Company, 6RAR/NZ(ANZAC)” (Photo from The Australian War Memorial).

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Operation Iraqi Freedom

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An Army honor guard holds the American Flag as Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel James D. Gray, right, speaks during the graveside service for Sergeant Mickel D. Garrigus at Arlington National Cemetery , 12 February 2007.

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“Chaplain Darren Turner counsels a Soldier at a combat outpost in Arab Jabour, March, 2008. (Photo by Curtis Compton/AJC,” from Evil Reporter Chick).

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Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)

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“U.S. Army Chaplain Gary Lewis (R) counsels a Soldier on March 3 in the chapel of Forward Operating Base Frontenac in the Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan. Chaplain Lewis has spent countless hours counseling grieving Soldiers in 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry, which has suffered 21 fatalities since it’s deployment last summer, the most of any U.S. Army battalion during the Afghan war. Getty Images / John Moore” (from http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2010/03/military-chaplains-in-afghanist.html).

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“Catholic Chaplain Cpt. Carl Subler reads a prayer book behind an upturned bed cot while waiting to hear Soldiers’ anonymous confessions on March 10 at Forward Operating Base Ramrod in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. He was using a chapel room where Soldiers read stories to their children while taped on video, which is then sent to their families at home. As the only Catholic chaplain in his brigade, Cpt. Subler travels between far-flung bases, celebrating mass and counseling Catholic Soldiers across southern Afghanistan. Getty Images / John Moore” (from http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2010/03/military-chaplains-in-afghanist.html).

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Chaplain Antal Retreat

Then Chaplain (1st Lt.) Chris Antal opens the warriors rite ritual during the retreat held for the deploying soldiers from the New York Army National Guard, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion held at the Holy Trinity Retreat Center in El Paso, Texas, in September 2012. (Photo: Capt. Leticia Ortiz, U.S. Army)

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Other Operations & Exercises

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“Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 31 (CLB-31), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), pray with Lt. Cmdr. Doran Kelvington, a chaplain with the 25th Naval Construction Regiment (25 (NCR), Joinr Civil-Military Operations Task Force (JCMOTF), during Protestant church services at Marnay Primary School, March 14. Marines and sailors with CLB-31 took a break from their engineering civil affairs project (ENCAP) to receive religious services at the school. CLB-31 along with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are renovating the school to support the local Filipino community in support of Exercise Balikatan 2010 (BK ’10).” (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

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“PACIFIC OCEAN (July 18, 2010) Chaplain Benton Garrett, from Ingleside, Texas, baptizes Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Paul Owen, from Naples, Fla., aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during Catholic Mass services. Lincoln is underway preparing for composite training exercise (COMPTUEX), which is designed to train the ship, embarked air wing and other units that make up the strike group to function as one highly effective fighting force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released).”

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“12/21/2009 – Chaplain (1st Lt.) Quentin Genke, a 22nd Air Refueling Wing chaplain, provides counseling for an Airman, Dec. 1, 2009, at the McConnell Air Base, Kan., Chapel. Chaplains provide privileged, or confidential, counseling to Airman and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin A. Shelton)”

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“GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – Army Pfc. Michael Donley, with the 525th Military Battalion at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, gets baptized by Army Capt. Eric Bey, the 525th chaplain, August 27, 2009. Bey supports service members spiritually by offering faith-based counseling, bible studies and assisting service members during their deployment to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  (JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz) UNCLASSIFIED – Cleared for public release.”

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“Chaplain teams from the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group and the Gate City-based 103oth Transportation Battalion, 320th Regional Support Group serve free hot dogs and cold drinks to Soldiers training at the Fort Pickett MOUT site June 12. The chaplain teams use the opportunity to talk face-to-face with Soldiers to assess morale and offer assistance as needed. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs).”

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“Col. Barbara Sherer, United States Military Academy at West Point command chaplain, talks with Cadet Pfc. Brandon Walton following the final Small Unit Leadership Devel0pment training exercise at Camp Buckner Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto).”

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“Chaplains and their RPs are relentlessly creative in finding ways to provide for the religious needs of their Marines. LT David Jones, Chaplain for V2/8 uses a mine-clearing line charge (MCLIC) container to baptize Marines in the field. A MCLIC is used to clear a path through a minefield so infantry Marines can run through safely. For many protestant faith groups, Baptism is a symbol for the path that has been cleared by Christ to God, bringing us into spiritual safety. (Photos by HM1 Joseph D. Woodard, Corpsman, 2d Battlalion 2d Marines / released).” (From the Chaplain of the Marine Corps Facebook page)

 

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