Religion: New Command

Square-jawed Captain James Vernon Harvester, 30, commander last year of the 315th Signal Construction Battalion, had always wanted to be a minister. In 1945, after a year in the South Pacific, he began studying, earned his D.D. from Emory University, put in two years as a pastor in Florida and Georgia.

Last week Methodist Harvester was still with the 315th, getting ready for active duty. But now his authority was different: he was chaplain. Happy in his new job, Chaplain Harvester said: "Civilian churches are important, but I think the services to these boys are more important ... If we lose these...

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