“Doubly So When Wars Increase”

The Chaplain Kit

Living, working and playing among the Service Members they minister to, chaplains usually have insight into the struggles and feelings of those Service Members. They help them try to navigate their troubles successfully through many means, based on their strengths and talents. Some use poetry, as did Chaplain Henry W. Habel, who by March 1945, had been an Army Chaplain for three years.

Chaplain Habel was from Buffalo, New York and graduated from Acadia University in Nova Scotia before pastoring churches in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada through the Baptist Church of the Northern Convention.

The following poem, written by Chaplain Habel, was found in a worship bulletin from 6 May 1945, from the 13th General Hospital Chapel in New Guinea where Chaplain (Major) D.O. Luginbill and Chaplain (Captain) L.V. Walters were the chaplains.


Our Worship

Oft men feel they’re “in a spot”,

Wondering how to bear their…

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 18, 2018, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.

  1. Aalmoezeniers doen heel goed werk voor soldaten in moeilijke periodes.Goed dat je ze ook eens in de aandacht brengt

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  2. The unending value of a kind word and someone who cares… –Curt

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  3. Lovely to have a contribution from chaplaincy. And best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

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  4. Grateful for good chaplains

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  5. The Chaplains I knew when I was in the Aussie Army were a most important part of the whole deal.
    Thanks for reposting GP.

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  6. What a beautiful and heartfelt poem.

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  7. It’s about the date: 1918 – 2018,18 November. World War. How can anyone forget?

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  8. The last verse struck me: “Hardships build a stronger man,

    Vision full, a will that can,

    Satisfied with simple things,

    Fighting all that evil brings.” Thank you for bringing Faith into your blog

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  9. I agree, we don’t think of this side of the military or appreciate them enough.

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  10. They also serve … too often as unsung heroes.

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  11. As a chaplain I really appreciated this post! 💕

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  12. God Bless our Chaplains as well as all who have served our country!

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  13. Thank you for all you do, GP. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  14. Good poem, GP. Hardships do build a stronger person.

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  15. I have friends who have been and are military chaplains – very real and grounded people. I loved Habel’s use of poetry.

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  16. Among the many things I appreciate about your blog, GP, is how you cover aspects of military service that are often overlooked or forgotten. Thank you for including this post on the Chaplaincy.

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  17. A fine poem, and an interesting tale about its discovery; I’m glad you highlighted it here. I left a comment at the original post, too.

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  18. So much summed up, in so few words. A branch of the service often overlooked; brave men, operating in the combat zone with little or no protection.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  19. A beautiful and true poem

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  20. what kind and caring people

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