WALKING WITH GRUNTS: An Australian Army Chaplain with the 8th Infantry Battalion in Vietnam

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Xlibris Corporation, Jun 30, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 88 pages
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What if you’re a non-combatants in the midst of combat? How can you be a Man of God, in hell? Can you walk with the Infantryman where ever he goes, share in his training, stand with him, lie with him, duck with him, support him? Why is the soldier there? Why are you there? Is there anything helpful in the Bible that can’t be found in Playboy? The military sends its chaplains off to war with its soldiers, some of whom are conscripts, yet chaplains are volunteers. Can you speak of love and peace in the midst of bombs and bullets and booby-traps, and the stinking sight of blood and bits of yours and theirs in pain, dying and dead? Walking with Grunts is about one such Padre’s confusions, and the men of one such Battalion, at war in a place many back home thought they should not be.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
3
CHAPTER 1
4
CHAPTER 2
13
CHAPTER 3
17
CHAPTER 4
23
CHAPTER 5
28
CHAPTER 6
37
CHAPTER 7
46
CHAPTER 9
65
CHAPTER 10
69
CHAPTER 11
71
CHAPTER 12
76
HOW SHALL I REMEMBER THEM?
77
EPILOGUE
79
MEMORIES ON LONG HAI DAY
82
A CHAPLAINS PRAYER
86

CHAPTER 8
57

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About the author (2011)

The author has been an Anglican priest for over fifty years.  Twenty of those years were as an Australian Regular Army Chaplain.  He served in Vietnam with the 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in 1969/70.   He grew up in the Sydney beachside suburb of Cronulla.  He attended Hurstville Central Technical School until a football injury put him out.  The prospect of a singing career gave place to a call to the priesthood, theological education at St. John’s Morpeth and St. Francis Brisbane.  Ordained by the Bishop of Bathurst, Bishop Arnold Wylde led to parish appointments and took him from Sydney to Bathurst, North and Central Western Queensland. and the Hunter Valley.  He was a delegate to the World Anglican Conference in Toronto, Canada, in 1963 and attached to the HQ of the Canadian Church.  He studies the use of the Mass Media in North America and on return to Australia produced Radio and TV programmes.  He and his wife Norma have been married for over 50 years, they have two children, Ruth and John, and live on Lake Macquarie, NSW.  Although now retired he holds a Permission in Officiate in the Diocese of Newcastle and Sydney.

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