Clergy: The Chopper Chaplains

Ever since Bunker Hill, the man behind the man behind the gun has carried a Bible, comforted the wounded and prayed for the dead. Matching the U.S. military buildup in Viet Nam, the armed forces now have 274 chaplains on duty there and are steadily recruiting more.

Viet Nam is a new kind of war, and new also is the chaplain's method of ministering to it. Since U.S. troops are so widely scattered, chaplains have be come airborne circuit riders. "It's now a matter of riding helicopters and going where the troops are," says...

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