Baptism in the Mediterranean, 1958
Published: September 11, 2011
Gene Bane ©Stars and Stripes
Beirut, Lebanon, July 24, 1958: Chaplain (Maj.) Lester E. Burnett, right, Protestant chaplain of Army Task Force 201, baptizes Pfc. David Johnson, from the 724th Ordnance Battalion's B Company, in the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of U.S. forces had been sent into Lebanon in the previous week to protect that nation's beleaguered pro-Western government.