Bibles, Prayer & Devotional Books


Soldiers Prayer Book, Protestant Episcopal Book Society, 1861.


Soldiers Pocket Book

“Soldiers’ Pocket Book,” Presbyterian Board of Publications, 1861.


New Testament published in 1862 by American Bible Society. Given to Civil War Soldiers by the New York Bible Society (author’s collection).

Civil War Jewish Prayer Book

“This very rare Hebrew Prayer Book was purportedly owned by Corporal William Malkin of the 13th Connecticut Infantry.” Published by Joseph Guns of Vienna Austria. On display at the National Civil War Chaplains Museum.

Civil War Bible with Pro Deo et Patria

Interesting Civil War Bible recently up for auction: Published in 1864 by the American Bible Society. Signed by a chaplain with the comment, “Pro Deo et Patria” which later became the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps motto.

WW1 Catholic Prayer Book

Catholic Prayer Book for the Army and Navy. Printed and published in the U.S.A. by The Paulist Press, New York, N.Y. Copyright 1917 by John J. Burke (author’s collection).

World War 1 Catholic Prayer Book

Inside of Catholic Prayer Book, 1917 by Burke. Property of Soldier in the 726th Amphibious Tractor Battalion (author’s collection).

Douay NT-Army-Navy-1918

New Testament, Douay Version, Army and Navy Edition. “Special Edition for the Army and Navy with a Foreward by His Eminence James Cardinal Gibbons.” Published by The National Catholic War Council for The Chaplains’ Aid Association, 1918 (author’s collection).

WW1 New Testament, KJV, American Bible Society, 1918. Appears to be the YMCA triangle on cover so may have been distributed by them to deploying/deployed troops. Carried by Soldier, later given to Soldier’s decedent by his grandmother when 8-years-old but it remarkably survived! (Courtesy Dr. Ed Coss, CGSOC History Instructor, Ft. Belvoir, VA)

WW2-Führer zum ewigen Glück

“Führer zum ewigen Glück” (Guide to Eternal Happiness), 1921. Said by his family to have been carried by a Wehrmacht chaplain at the Russian Front during WW2 (author’s collection).


Service Book of Scripture, Prayer and Hymns, 1941

Service Book of Scripture, Prayer and Hymns, 1941. Copyright 1941 by Lewis Gaston Leary. Published by Association Press for Free Distribution to the Armed Forces of the United States. (Author’s collection)

Scriptures, 1942

New Testament, Protestant & Catholic and Jewish Scriptures, 1942. (Author’s collection).

WW2 New Testament with metal cover with “May the Lord Be With You” embossed on it. Apparently given to Seaman 2nd Class Richard M. Chernich by Chaplain J. F. Moore of the U.S.S. Baxter (author’s collection). Chaplain Moore was a Presbyterian (USA) chaplain who attend the Navy Chaplain School, Class 12-43, the Summer of 1943.


Prayer Book-Soldiers-Sailors-1942

A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors. Published for The Army and Navy Commission of The Protestant Episcopal Church by The Church Pension Fund, 1941, 5th ed., 1942 (author’s collection).

Your Church Speaks, 1942

“Your Church Speaks,” published for the The Methodist Commission for Chaplains by The Methodist Publishing House, 1942 (author’s collection).

Prayer Book of Worship and Devotion for the Armed Forces

“A Book of Worship and Devotion for the Armed Forces,” The committee on Camps and Church Activities of the Wartime Service Commission of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1943 (author’s collection).

Prayers for Men in Service, 1944

Prayers for Men in Service, 1944. Written by Army and Navy Chaplains and others. Edited by G. A. Cleveland Shrigley. (Author’s collection)

Service Prayer Book, 1940

Service Prayer Book, with Bible Readings, Hymns and Orders of Worship, 1940. Compiled and edited by N. M. Ylvisaker, Major Chaplain, O.R.C. President Chaplains’ Association of the Army and Navy of the United States. By November 1942, this one in its 17th printing. (Author’s collection)

Catholic Prayer Book-Army-Navy

Catholic Prayer Book for the Army and Navy. Arranged and edited by John J. Burke, C.S.P., Military Ordinariate, The Chaplains’ Aid Association, date unknown but assume WW2 era (author’s collection).

Strength for Service to God and Country, 1942

Strength for Service to God and Country. Daily devotional messages for those in the Services. Edited by Chaplain Norman E. Nygaard, 1942. This book had made a modern reappearance as an Eagle Scout project with assistance of the United Methodist Men’s group of the United Methodist Church. (Author’s collection)


“Service for the Armed Forces,” April, May, June 1943. Published for The Methodist Commission on Chaplains, Washington, D.C. (author’s collection).

US-German Prisoner of War Bible

Bible provided for US prisoners of war in German POW camps by The Ecumenical Commission for The Chaplaincy Service to Prisoners of War, Geneva. Cleared for prisoner’s use and stamped, Stalag 95. (Author’s collection)

Devotional book for German POW in US POW Camp

A Daily devotional book for German POWs in US POW camps. Passed and stamped by US Army Examiner for POW use. Given to German POWs from the War Prisoners’ Aid of the YMCA and the Ecumenical Commission for Chaplaincy Service to Prisoners of War of the world Council of Churches. (Author’s collection)

Soldiers and Sailors Prayer Book

“Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Prayer Book” compiled by Chaplain Gerald Mygatt and Chaplain Henry Darlington, Alfred A. Knopf, 1944 (author’s collection).


New Testament, RSV, A J. Holman Co., with seal of the U.S. on front. Copyright 1946 but handwritten date of April ’85 next to stamped name and address of Eugene Kaplan (author’s collection).

“What Can a Man Believe?” by George S. Reamey. Published by The Methodist Commission on Chaplains, Washington, D.C., 1950 (author’s collection).

The Armed Forces Prayer Book, 1951

The Armed Forces Prayer Book, 1951. Compiled and Edited by Daniel A. Poling, editor of the Christian Herald magazine, chaplain of The Chapel of the Four Chaplains and president of the World’s Christian Endeavor Union. Daniel A. Poling was the father of Chaplain Clark V. Poling who died when the USAT Dorchester was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine on 2 February 1943. (Author’s collection)

Armed Forces Service Book, 1951

“Armed Forces Service Book,” C.M. Jacobs & P.Z. Strodach, Muhlenberg Press, 1951 (author’s collection).

The Nazarene Serviceman, 1953

The Nazarene Serviceman, 1953, by Chaplain (MAJ) Claude Chilton who served four years during WW2 in the India-Burma theater. (Author’s collection).

Jewish Scripture 1955

Jewish Scriptures, Air Force Chief of Chaplains, GPO 1955, originally published in 1917 by the Jewish Publication Society of America (author’s collection).



“My Sunday Missal” with Department of the Navy insignia on front cover. Circa 1957 (1st date on calendar is 1958). Stamped on inside cover: “Office of the Catholic Chaplain, U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Naval Base Philadelphia 12, PA” (author’s collection).

Military Prayer Book 1960

“Military Prayer Book” by Chaplain Joseph T. Dimino, USN, Salesian Press, Tokyo, 1960.

Prayers at Sea - Joseph Parker

“Prayers at Sea” by Chaplain Joseph F. Parker. Copyright 1956, 1957, 1961, 1962 by U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis Maryland, 4th printing, May 1962. 5th printing, April 1966. Reprinted 1984 by arrangement with the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland (author’s collection).

Fulton Sheen's Wartime Prayer Book, 2003

Fulton Sheen’s Wartime Prayer Book, 2003. Originally published as The Armor of God in 1943. (Author’s collection)

KJV New Testament, First Baptist Church, Milford Ohio

U.S. Armed Forces Edition, The New Testament, King James Version, produced for U.S. Service Members by the First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio (author’s collection).


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