Posted on Feb 5, 2015
SFC Mark Merino
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There are so many lawsuits these days regarding denominations, religious practices, or the inclusion of religious services in general within the military community. Through it all, The military Chaplain stands ready to provide comfort to the service members, no matter what name they call God. I never miss an opportunity to share the story of the 4 Chaplains from WWII. There is a chapel on Fort Lewis, WA (JBLM) dedicated to their memory. Thank you, Chaplains, for all that you do for us. You are so worried about our well being that your own is often overlooked. Regardless of your faith, the below tribute is not for your preferred religion, but for your tireless efforts. God Bless You All.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjt9Nzn3Kks
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CPT Richard Riley
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This is a good one for history SFC Mark Merino & I sort of beat you to it posting two days ago :) - https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/in-honor-of-four-chalpains-day but I still grant you it's a great find! Not that I'm saying anything ...
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SFC Mark Merino
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Thank you for sharing this. I had no idea about the anniversary of the event just passing. Great minds think alike!...lol
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CPT Richard Riley
CPT Richard Riley
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That I will give you. Funny thing, many minds here seem to thing in those same lines ...
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SPC James Mcneil
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Picture it. Kuwait in 2003. We were talking about establishing a bible study once we were in Iraq. There were about a dozen of us there, and the chaplain came along to hear us talking about logistics. We were discussing something about how to make sure everyone had a bible since some people may not have brought theirs.
The chaplain asked us to step outside and gave us a lesson. In the lesson he reminded us that "just across the border" were people that wanted to kill us just because we were American. He said, "The main thing that's going to keep you safe is this faith you're talking about. Now how serious is your faith?"

I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for asking that very hard question.
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SFC Mark Merino
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Well said and great points. Ambassadors of good will, every one of them.
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I've always admired the story of chaplain Joseph T. O'Callahan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_T._O%27Callahan
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SFC Mark Merino
SFC Mark Merino
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UNFORGIVABLE..LOL!!!
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SFC Mark Merino
SFC Mark Merino
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WOW! Great contribution. Way to go "Father Joe!" MOH Respect!!!
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LCDR Rabbah Rona Matlow
LCDR Rabbah Rona Matlow
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Having served on the Capodanno, I have to mention his namesake Fr Vincent Capodanno: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_R._Capodanno

Viet Nam MOH posthumous for tending to gravely injured Marine while gravely injured himself.

Personally, my favorite chaplain ever was CDR Al Podet USNR, a Jewish Chaplain I met at Great Lakes when going to Machinist's Mate A School. He was a true "Mentsch" and I'm sorry I never ran into him again in the 21 years that followed...
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SFC Mark Merino
SFC Mark Merino
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AMAZING story LCDR Rabbah Rona Matlow Thank you for sharing it with us. I am going to add it as a seperate response so it doesn't get buried.
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