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Sky pilots : the yankee division chaplains in World War I

Author: Michael E Shay; Susan Ferber; Richard Farkaš
Publisher: Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri Press, 2014. ©2014
Series: American military experience series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sky Pilots is the first comprehensive look at the role of the Army chaplaincy at the divisional level. In August 1917, the U.S. 26th "Yankee" Division was formally activated for service in World War I. When the soldiers arrived in France, they were accompanied by more than three dozen volunteer chaplains. These clergymen experienced all the horrors of war, shared all the privations of the common soldier, and earned  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Shay, Michael E.
Sky pilots : the yankee division chaplains in World War I.
Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri Press, ©2014
xxi, 216 pages
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael E Shay; Susan Ferber; Richard Farkaš
ISBN: 9780826273246 0826273246
OCLC Number: 889266820
Description: 1 online resource (241 pages) : illustrations, photographs.
Contents: 1 "Sky Pilots" 1 --
2 Early Days 31 --
3 Toul Sector 51 --
4 Aisne-Marne 67 --
5 St. Mihiel and Troyon 87 --
6 Verdun 97 --
7 Going Home 111 --
8 "Recalled to Life" 129.
Series Title: American military experience series.
Responsibility: Michael E. Shay ; jacket design, Susan Ferber ; interior design and composition, Richard Farkas.

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Sky Pilots is the first comprehensive look at the role of the Army chaplaincy at the divisional level. In August 1917, the U.S. 26th "Yankee" Division was formally activated for service in World War I. When the soldiers arrived in France, they were accompanied by more than three dozen volunteer chaplains. These clergymen experienced all the horrors of war, shared all the privations of the common soldier, and earned the love and affection of their "boys." Two died, several were gassed or wounded, and many were decorated by France and the United States for their heroism, yet their stories have been lost to history. Through extensive research in published and archival sources, as well as firsthand materials obtained from the families of several chaplains, Michael E. Shay brings to life the story of these valiant men--a story of courage in the face of the horrors of war and of extreme devotion to the men they served. Just as important, Sky Pilots follows the chaplains home and on to their subsequent careers. For many, their war experiences shaped their ministries, particularly in the area of ecumenism and the Social Gospel. Others left the ministry altogether. To fill in the chaplains' stories, Shay also examines the evolution of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, the education of the newly appointed chaplains, and the birth of the Yankee Division.

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