First Army Chief of Chaplains

Chaplain (COL) Axton

The National Defense Act of 1920 authorized the Office of the Chief of Chaplains. Also in 1920, the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps became an official branch in the Army.

Chaplain (Colonel) John Thomas Axton, USA (July 28, 1870 – July 20, 1934) was an American Army officer who served as the First Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army from 1920 to 1928.

Read more about the first chief of Chaplains here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_T._Axton

More photos of Chaplain Axton can be found on our Chief of Chaplains page.

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Text and photo from the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Facebook page.

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