Religion: In Uniform

The first U.S. Army chaplain, appointed under an act of Congress in 1791, was General Washington's good friend the Rev. John Hurt of Virginia, "a fearless man and an ardent patriot." By an act of the Continental Congress in 1775, to which the Army Chaplains' Corps now traces its origin, he had served as a chaplain throughout the Revolution.

Last week Patriot Hurt's lineal descendant, Brigadier General Luther Deck Miller, Army Chief of Chaplains, took the occasion of the 170th anniversary of the Chaplains' Corps to report these facts & figures about men of the cloth in World War II:

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