Re: Chaplain, not ordained.. (tangent)
Patrick Skelly (ScoutLdr@AOL.COM)
Wed, 8 Jul 1998 09:40:39 -0400
The *Insignia Guide* is not the right 'tool' for this thread - it speaks of
insignia and uniforms, not position requirements or responsibilities. I've
served the BSA as a unit chaplain, not ordained, with the knowledge and
consent of the priest who was the IH for my former troop and pack, but that's
Several days ago an innocent soul wrote:
"I believe that that means that a Chaplain in Scouting is like on in the
Military, in that tjhey are honory and don't pay for registrition . I think
that is why they can ware the silver tabs."
I rise in defense of Military Chaplains who *are* paid for their services, and
who all too often pay too much for that opportunity. May they rest in peace.
I had the opportunity last Fall of meeting again with Colonel Wallace Hale, US
Army Retired. He was the Division Chaplain for the 88th Infantry Division
Chaplain in WWII Italy. Col. Hale talked about writing personal letters to
the families of every soldier who gave his life. He said that the Army is
still forwarding letters to him which ask, "Can you please tell me more about
my father or uncle or grandfather?" There is no way for him to remember
details about those thousands of soldiers, only the towns and battle stand out
today. But each letter still gets a response.
In the all too rare moments of peace military chaplains do have it a bit
easier. But for all of them, at all times, their service is honorable, not
Personal aside to and about Major Mike Walton: In 1947 the 88th Infantry
Division became "TRUST", Trieste United States Troops, and USFA, United States
Forces in Austria. The 88th and TRUST stood guard on the Jugoslav border for
almost a decade after WWII, and lives were lost even then. Mike now has the
honor of serving in the 88th Regional Support Command, the successor in
military lineage to the 88th Infantry Division "Blue Devils", once again back
in that troubled part of the world.
Thank you, Wallace Hale. Thank you, Mike Walton.
Pat Skelly <ScoutLdr@AOL.com>
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