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  • 99-year-old pastor receives Green Beret status

    by Tim Tune, posted Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (28 days ago)

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    PEARLAND, Texas (BP) -- After World War II, decorated Army veteran Jesse Whitley returned home and became a soldier for the Lord, serving as a Baptist pastor and preacher for more than 45 years.

    "Sgt." Whitley, who celebrated his 99th birthday Dec. 14, received renewed recognition on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with Green Beret status for his service in a special forces unit nicknamed "the Devil's Brigade."

    It came as a surprise to Whitley, who faced combat action with the First Special Service Force against the Japanese in Alaska's Aleutian Islands and against the Germans in Europe. Read More

  • Veteran, 92, took his last stand defending his wife

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    COLUMBUS, Ga. (BP) -- John Dawson served in World War II in the Pacific theater and in the Korean and Vietnam wars on crews that catapulted planes off the decks of five different aircraft carriers.

    He died at age 92, however, by making the ultimate sacrifice for his wife of 72 years by battling a home intruder.

    As a leader in his American Legion post, as a longtime churchman and as a father of two (Ricky and Peggy), grandfather of seven, great-grandfather of 16 and great-great ... Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: They served honorably

    by Endel Lee, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Talk with a veteran, Endel Lee suggests, to learn about their service in behalf of such cherished ideals as religious liberty and freedom of speech. Their service, Lee notes, is "among the noblest of gestures by our nation's citizens." Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Why we remember

    by Chaplain (COL) Robert Hart, U.S. Army, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Veterans Day this year, Chaplain (COL) Robert Hart notes, carries special meeting as the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Chaplains, churches bolster U.S. troops

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Calvary Baptist Church
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- On his first deployment, now-retired Brigadier General Chaplain Carlton Fisher was shot at one night while out for a jog. In Afghanistan, he was near several firefights. At one point, insurgents launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a tower on the forward operating base where he was stationed.

    Chaplains may serve as noncombatants in the military but that doesn't always mean they're far from combat when serving troops on the battlefield.

    During his final deployment in 2008, Fisher traveled with the 926th Engineer ... Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: What my son taught me about freedom

    by Lori McDaniel, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (one year ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Veterans Day is Nov. 11.

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- My perspective on "patriotic" holidays has changed since my oldest son joined the Army.

    As a ninth-grader Caleb told me he wanted to go to West Point. As a mom, I heard his big dream as if he were still the 8-year old boy who in a basketball game handed the ball to the opposing team because "they hadn't had a turn yet."

    His determination became reality last year as he graduated with an international relations degree from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned ... Read More

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY: 'We face another challenging hour'

    by Maj. Gen. Doug Carver (ret.), posted Monday, July 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    Doug Carver recounts Southern Baptists' longstanding wartime ministry to members of the armed forces. And now, he points to another critical hour to remain "faithful stewards of the freedom we've been granted by the men and women who have, through their brave and sacrificial service, kept America the land of the free and the brave." Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: At Hanoi Hilton he was POW chaplain

    by Jim Burton, posted Friday, November 11, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Red McDaniel
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (BP) -- Dorothy McDaniel knew all about Navy life. The hardships. The sacrifices. The loneliness. The pride a family has for their family member's service. So the day in 1967 a shiny black car pulled into her Norfolk driveway and two uniformed officers emerged, she knew.

    "Red is down," one of the officers said.

    Her husband, Navy Captain Eugene "Red" McDaniel, was beginning six years of imprisonment in North Vietnam as a POW -- and de facto chaplain at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison among American detainees. Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Veteran's cross-country cycling spotlights missions

    by Makayla Sykes, posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    CLEVELAND, Tenn. (BP) -- Army veteran Tom Cawood set out on Aug. 24 to ride his bike from San Diego, Calif., to St. Augustine, Fla. And along the way, he and his wife Pat helped raise awareness for missions and the North American Mission Board.

    At age 81, when most of his contemporaries are slowing down, Cawood gives the impression of gaining speed. His life motto is, "Life is like water skiing, if you slow down, you go down." Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: A Navy wife

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Seminary president Jeff Iorg, on Veterans Day, pays tribute to wives who empower their husbands for service. "They are the unsung heroes, serving the mission and sacrificing in a thousand quiet ways," he writes. Read More