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Commendation for Chaplains

LONDON, 3 April 1944: “No one has been going around pinning medals on chaplains in the U.S. Army for their fighting record, for fighting is not a chaplain’s job. His work, however, often takes him into the combat area, and figures just released by the War Department show that American chaplains have not hesitated to follow their military flocks.

“Casualties among Army chaplains have been exceeded on a comparative basis only by the loss of officers in the Air Forces and in the Infantry. During 1943 19 chaplains were killed in battle, 19 were wounded, one is still missing in action and 33 have died as a result of accidents or illness.

“During the Easter season, when our Christian faith is rededicated, it is fitting that work of Army chaplains should be gratefully acknowledged. It is the chaplain who through personal counsel, discussion of welfare problems, day room talks, service club lectures and at religious services, personalizes “Freedom of Worship” in the lives of us all, and freedom of worship is one of the principles that Democracy protects and for which we fight.”

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London: The Stars and Stripes, European Theater of Operations, 3 April 1944, pg 6.

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