Jerry Autry Gun Totin' Chaplain

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Gun Totin' Chaplain

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It is not often that a military chaplain publicly voices concern over a war, either past or present; but, in his latest book, retired Army chaplain Jerry Autry does just that. With insight sharpened by experience, and compassion kindled in the horror of battle, Chaplain Autry details the challenges, anguish and even the joys of a wartime pastorate. Gun Totin Chaplain, is the author's gripping chronicle of his year of duty in Vietnam. From the draft notice he received on his wedding day through airborne jump school and his subsequent time in Vietnam, the reader follows a man of peace as he ministers to men at war. During his year in Vietnam, Chaplain Autry spent more time in the field with the troops than in rear areas, a choice that vexed his superiors. His wartime experiences propelled him through a lifetime of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. Assigned to the fable 101st Airborne Division in 1968, the author served as pastor to men of all faiths and in any unit that needed him, including Marine and Special Forces teams along with airborne infantry and artillery units. Chaplain Autry has been referred to as the most highly decorated chaplain from the Vietnam era, earning two Purple Hearts and nine awards for valor. His memoir downplays his own heroics, which were noted in a Time magazine article that dubbed him the gun totin chaplain during the war years. The author s memoir is followed by a sharply written epilogue containing his commentaries on the current war in the Middle East and its painful similarities to Vietnam. Gun Totin Chaplain is historical perspective at its best. Jerry Autry provides an authentic voice of experience as he remembers Vietnam, and a voice of reason as he reflects on Iraq and Afghanistan. This book is as timely as it is enlightening and a must have for informed readers.

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I went to Dover--the military morgue--during the Vietnam war when I was escorting a soldier in my unit to his hometown for buriel. By mistake, I walked into a long building thinking it was the administration section, but instead discovered rows and rows of bodies of American soldiers who had given their lives for their coutnry. Our country's sacrifices in all wars should pass the "Dover" test. Caring Amricans need to feel that our soldiers who end up at Dover--killed in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan--did not die in vain.

About the Author:

Jerry Autry retired from the military in June of 1994 after 29 years. His Vietnam service included the 501st Geronimo Infantry Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division. Awarded 9 medals of valor and 2 purple hearts, he has been called the Army's most decorated chaplain from Vietnam. He is a master parachutist, former Chief Chaplain of the 82nd Airborne Division and former member of the Green Beret Sports Parachute Club.

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