Chaplain (Major General) Douglas Carver, U.S. Army, Retired

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FOURTH OF JULY: Chaplains, fog of war, flow of life

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Seventy-five years ago, in June 1944, after the largest amphibious landing in history, U.S. and Allied forces began their offensive push from the blood-soaked beaches of Normandy to the east of France and deep into Germany with the intent of restoring freedom to Europe and preserving it for the rest of the world. More than 160,000 troops landed at Normandy on D-day. An unknown number of chaplains were there as well, providing a comforting glimpse of God's presence in the chaotic fog of war.

FOURTH OF JULY: They preserved our independence

During America's 243 years of independence, retired chaplain Doug Carver writes, "our veterans have always been there, faithfully answering the call to duty."