Secretary of War Lauds Jewish Chaplains at Conference; 311 Served in World War Ii

Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson today lauded the contribution of the Jewish chaplains to the morale of the United States servicemen in all theaters of war, emphasizing that “no chaplain had a harder job than the Jewish, because he served a group that was widely scattered throughout the armed forces.” He addressed a luncheon of the Jewish Welfare Board’s Committee on Army and Eavy Religious activities.

Rabbi Philip Bernstein of Rochester, N.Y., reported that 311 Jewish chaplains had served in the U.S. armed forces in World War II as compared with 26 in World War I. Other speakers included Admiral Louis E. Denfield, chief of the Bureau of Personnel in the Navy Department, Chief of Chaplains Luther D. Miller of the Army and Chief Chaplain Charles Carpenter of the Air Corps. Rabbi David de Sola Pool, chairman of the Welfare Board’s Army and Navy Religious Activities Committee, and Rabbi Barnett Brickner of Cleveland.

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