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A Chaplain Story

Jerry and I went to the Atlanta MCA (Military chaplains Association) Chapter meeting for Kermit Johnson (the boss) It was a "hoot."

The meeting took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Officer's Club. There were maybe hundred of us. It was the November meeting.

The leader announced that they were planning to invite someone from the Japanese Embassy to speak at the December meeting as they remembered Pearl Harbor. There was a kind of stunned silence as the audience absorbed the information. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, essentially thrusting us into WWll. And, for our next meeting we were inviting the Japanese to share in our commemoration. I guess it could work but a little strange.

What followed next was truly one of those, "You had to be there." The invited guest and speaker was Jewish who spoke about Israel and America's commitment to the Jews. To close out the meeting, the "song leader" had us sing some “washed in the blood” hymns after the Jewish talk.

The best part was a retired chaplain sitting across from us who could rest his arms on his large stomach. During the speaker’s presentation, he went to sleep after eating several helpings from the buffet. Not only did he fall asleep, he began to snore. At that point, Jerry and I got the giggles and had to get up and leave. TC

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