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Serving God and Country: U.S. Military Chaplains in World War II
Berkley Trade / 2012 / Hardcover
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Military buffs and church historians will be fascinated by this collection of accounts from military chaplains in World War II. A section of plates in the book provides photographs to accompany the riveting tales. Stories of how the Catholic Mass, Protestant services, and Jewish ceremonies were celebrated in England, Italy, New Guinea, Guadalcanal Island, Europe, and elsewhere highlights the bravery and sacrifice of these men as they worked to comfort, guide, assist, and bury their country's soldiers. 295 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
In World War II, over 12,000 Protestant ministers, Catholic priests, and Jewish rabbis left the safety of home to join the Chaplain Corps, following the armed forces into battle across Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the high seas.
They were officers who displayed uncommon courage and sacrifice. They were men of faith under fire.
And they would charge straight into Hell to save the soul of a single soldier…
Representing Americas three major religious traditions, thousands of volunteers from across the country enlisted as non-combatant commissioned officers to provide spiritual strength and guidance for those fighting men who never knew if they were going to survive to see another day.
Armed only with Bibles, Torahs, and the tools of their holy trade, these men of God went wherever the troops wentfrom the bloody beaches of the Normandy Invasion to the hellish jungles of Guadalcanal and Okinawa in the Pacific. They prayed over men about to march into combat on land, sailors facing Kamikaze attacks at sea, and bomber crews who could neither retreat nor surrender in the air. And, most important and difficult of all, they guided fallen fighting men of every faith as they breathed their last, and gave up their lives in the fight against tyranny.
These are the personal stories of some of the bravest and most selfless men who served with the armed forces. Many lost their lives or suffered debilitating wounds while serving as pastors to the troops. All of them battled the pain of separation from their own loved ones as they gave some of the best years of their lives to keep the military personnel spiritually awake, morally fitand prepared to make the journey from this world to the next without fear or despair, and with the trust of the Almighty in their hearts.
Lyle W. Dorsett has a Ph. D. in American History, served in the Marine Corps Reserves, and taught Twentieth Century U.S. history at the University of Southern California, University of MissouriSt. Louis, University of Colorado, Denver, Denver University, and Wheaton College in Illinois. Dorsett is also rector of Christ the King Anglican Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he currently holds the Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.
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