The museum highlights the real shapers of chaplaincy history – the men and women, officers and enlisted who share a common bond of ministering to soldiers and their families.
Located on the lower level of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center & School, the museum tells the history of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps from its inception in 1775 to present.
The museum highlights the real shapers of chaplaincy history – the men and women, officers and enlisted who share a common bond of ministering to soldiers and their families. Their stories are told in chronological order through a variety of exhibits featuring early uniforms and insignia, chaplain equipment, field services and even a hospital scene. There’s more – you can sing along with Bing Crosby in a rendition of “Soldiers of God”, read a Korean War-era chaplain assistant’s memoirs, see President Abraham Lincoln’s assignment order for a hospital chaplain, listen to General George S. Patton’s famous Weather Prayer, or play up to 600 songs on a Hymn Player.
Special exhibits feature heartrending stories, such as The Four Chaplains, a World War II episode where the chaplains aboard the German-torpedoed Dorchester selflessly gave their lives so other soldiers might be rescued. Others include a piece of the Pentagon wall blown out by the events of 9/11 and the remains of a chaplain’s kit used by Medal of Honor recipient, Chaplain (MAJ) Charles J. Watters. Chaplain Watters was killed during the Battle of Hill 875 near Dak To, Vietnam, in 1967.
The U.S. Army Chaplain Museum also houses the Chaplain Corps archives and a small reference library. We offer tours and welcome researchers. The museum is off Interstate 77, making it very assessable.
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