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Shane Dillman

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FIRST-PERSON: ‘I prayed with a Marine today’

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A privileged chaplain
Navy chaplain Shane Dillman says the Marines wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan have given him “the highest honor of being able to say, ‘I prayed with a Marine today.’” Photo Deborah A. Dyer
BETHESDA, Md. (BP)--One of the moments frozen in time is the breathtaking and awe-inspiring photograph of the Marines raising the flag atop Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima in the gruesome struggle that would claim thousands and forever change the men who took part in this bloodiest of bloody battles. Ministering to the injured Marines who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are moments that will be forever frozen in time for me. As a staff chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., I am honored to be able to serve the Marines and their families during difficult and trying times.