This volume is one of a series of five prepared by various authors, designed to be useful and instructive regarding the long history of the United States Army Chaplaincy. The emphasis throughout is on how chaplains did their ministry in the contexts of both war and peace. The series seeks to present as full and as balanced an account as limitations of space and research time permit. The bibliography in each volume offers opportunities for further research. The author of this volume is Chaplain Parker C. Thompson, a Regular Army chaplain of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a native of Missouri, and entered on active duty as a chaplain in 1952. He has served at Camp Atterbury, Indiana; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Knox, Kentucky; US Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Hamilton, New York; Fort Dix, New Jersey; and overseas in Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (Valor) with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.