First Army African-American Airborne Chaplain

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Chaplain Theodore R. Owens, World War II veteran and the first Black chaplain to earn the coveted paratrooper’s badge, typifies the dedicated contribution of the great variety of ethnic and racial groups represented throughout the history of the chaplaincy.

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Text and photo from a print issued by the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps in 1973, courtesy Chaplain Bob Nay.

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