Postcards From a Navy Chaplain


I served as a Navy Chaplain for 20 years, working on the “Blue Side” (Navy) and the “Green Side” (US Marines). Navy Chaplains serve the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

In one of my last tours with the Marines, I was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as the Chaplain for the Command Element of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26 MEU).

Among my responsibilities while deployed with the MEU was the writing of a weekly report that was emailed back to Camp Lejeune to be recorded on the MEU’s “Care Line”. I called them “Happy Grams” since they would contribute to putting at ease the minds of those family members and friends who stayed behind while their loved one deployed.

However, later I changed the name for this collection to “Postcards From a Navy Chaplain.” It just seemed more appropriate.

In addition to the weekly reports, you will find some stories that describe the training that the MEU goes through to be designated “Special Operations Capable” or SOC. Other items of interest are included as well. You will notice the difference in tempo and experiences for each of the deployments: pre- and post-9/11.

Why Buy the Book?

Besides getting a new and different view of our wonderful men and women in uniform, and of their service to our country, your purchase will help a good cause. You see, the profits from the sale of the book will go to the DHS (No, not the Department of Homeland Security!), The Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.

Our DHS is the major seminary for about 50 young men studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in the Eastern Province. They, along with about 30 older Friars live and work there. It’s a wonderful place and there is a real joy that permeates this venerable old building.

God has blessed us with many young men who are dedicating their lives to the preaching of the Gospel and ministering to the Faithful (go to the Dominican House of Studies website to get a good look and more information). However, the structure itself is over 100 years old and is in need of serious updating and constant repairs.  All profits of “Postcards from a Navy Chaplain” will help to bring this about.

So enjoy the read, and accept our gratitude here at the DHS!