During World War II, Reverend George W. Knapp was a chaplain assigned
to minister to the soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division. The Division
landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944 and fought almost
continuously until V-E Day on May 8, 1945. Reverend Knapp was with them
every step of the way.
Although exempt from military service, Knapp volunteered for duty as a
military chaplain. He had a wife, a one-year-old son, and a second
child on the way. “A Chaplain’s Duty” is the story of a young minister’s
development into a front line chaplain told through his diary and the
almost daily letters he wrote to his wife.
The letters chronicle the duties of wartime chaplains, truly
undocumented heroes. Close to the front line of battle, Knapp and his
fellow chaplains comforted the wounded and dying, counseled soldiers on
the morality of killing the enemy, eased the pain of a G.I. getting a
“Dear John” letter, and other chaplain duties.
A Chaplain’s Duty will educate you on some of the unsung heroes of any war – the chaplains.