Chaplain Uniforms

The chaplain’s uniform has changed  over the years, from resembling a simple cleric’s suit to the same as other officers. This page will attempt to document the development of chaplains’ uniforms over the years, however even during the same periods there were varieties in the uniforms that chaplains wore.

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1780, Revolutionary War, Chaplain Caldwell

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1783, Revolutionary War, Chaplain Gano

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1860s, Civil War Chaplain LeVere

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1860s, Civil War Union Chaplain A.A. Harris

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1860s, Civil War Union Chaplain

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1860s, Civil War Union Chaplain

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1860s, Civil War Union Chaplain

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1860s, Civil War Union Chaplain

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1860s, Civil War Confederate Cavalry Chaplain

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1890s, New York National Guard Chaplain

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1890s Chaplain Frock Coat

Chaplain frock coat from 1890s. Difference from Civil War-era coats found mainly around the back flaps (NCWCM).

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1898, Chaplain Henry Brown

1898, Chaplain Henry Brown

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Chaplain William W. Brander

1900s (early) Chaplain William W. Brander of the 8th Cavalry.

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WWI 90th Infantry Division Walter O. Lewis

WW1 uniform belonging to Chaplain Walter O. Lewis, 90th ID (photo from U.S. Militaria Forum)

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WW1 Dress uniform coat (from U.S. Militaria Forum).

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Chaplain Axton

1925, Chaplain (Col) John T. Axton & son, Jr., both Army chaplains

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1931, Chaplain DuBell

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WW2 dress uniform belonging to Chaplain Dale Small (photo from U.S. Militaria Forum)

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WW2 “Ike” jacket belonging to Chaplain Dale Small (photo from U.S. Militaria ForumU.S. Militaria Forum).

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8th Service Group Chaplain

1940s, chaplain deployed to New Guinea (Army Air Corps)

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Vietnam War, the chaplain’s name was “Chaplain” (from U.S. Militaria Forum).

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Desert Storm “chocolate chip” desert camouflage (from U.S. Militaria Forum).

 

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