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Serving God and Country: United States Military Chaplains in World War II
     

Serving God and Country: United States Military Chaplains in World War II

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by Lyle W. Dorsett
 

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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

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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 America’s 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 went—from 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 fit—and 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.


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“Dr. Dorsett has skillfully written the stories of the chaplains who made their contribution during World War II...This is a tremendous work of interest to military historians, spiritual leaders from all faith groups, and patriotic Americans.”—Carlton W. Fulford, Jr., General (Ret.) U.S. Marine Corps

“One of those rare books that delivers excellent history and realistic inspiration in equal measure.”—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

“Lyle Dorsett does a superb job at capturing the spirit, culture, and challenges chaplains of all denominations faced during World War II.”—Chaplain (LTC) Robert Nay, 5X Skill ID, Military Historian, U.S. Army

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425247860
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Dr. Dorsett has skillfully written the stories of the chaplains who made their contribution during World War II...This is a tremendous work of interest to military historians, spiritual leaders from all faith groups, and patriotic Americans.”—Carlton W. Fulford, Jr., General (Ret.) U.S. Marine Corps

“One of those rare books that delivers excellent history and realistic inspiration in equal measure.”—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

“Lyle Dorsett does a superb job at capturing the spirit, culture, and challenges chaplains of all denominations faced during World War II.”—Chaplain (LTC) Robert Nay, 5X Skill ID, Military Historian, U.S. Army

Meet the Author

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 Missouri—St. 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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Serving God and Country: United States Military Chaplains in World War II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The detailed accounts of the Navy, Marine, and Army chaplins was intense. These men were right in the think of it all. They were men who also sacrificed for the sake of the man next to them. What a privilage to read the accounts of these chaplins. I would love more of the real accounts of these men who so willing went and some right to the front lines. What heros.