Alabama exhibit pays tribute to military chaplains

A Bible given to veteran Nolan Herndon by a military chaplain before the attack on Tokyo during World War II.


By ADAM SMITH | The News Courier, Athens, Ala. | Published: July 25, 2017

ATHENS, Ala. (Tribune News Service) — July 29 marks the 242nd anniversary of the creation of the Army Chaplain Corps by the Continental Congress.

Chaplains from the Washington, D.C., area will gather Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to what some defense officials believe is the most important position in the armed forces.

Limestone Countians who want to honor chaplains can do so locally at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens through Friday. The “Faith and Courage” exhibit has been on display since the beginning of the month and is focused on chaplains who served during World War I and World War II.

Museum director Sandy Thompson said the idea came about from a volunteer who had an acquaintance that had access to chaplain-related items. Among the items are a field organ and box of Bibles.

“It's a lot of things you don't normally see, and most are from World War II,” Thompson said.

She said the exhibit has been positively received by members of the community but added the museum already had a smaller exhibit devoted to chaplains.

“The response has been really wonderful,” she said.

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