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Army Chaplain Dies in Afghanastan
ALPB Forum ^ | 1 September AD 2010 | Daniel L. Gard

Posted on 09/01/2010 3:33:18 PM PDT by lightman

Just received. The official message from the Chief of Chaplains, U.S. Army through the Chief of Chaplains, U.S. Navy:

Subject: FW: CH (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE

It is with my deepest sympathy and utmost respect that I announce to our Chaplain Corps that Chaplain (CPT) Dale A. Goetz was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 30, 2010 while serving as the Battalion Chaplain for 1-66th Armor Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. Dale was one of five Soldiers killed by an Improvised Explosive Device while traveling in a convoy near Kandahar Province. Chaplain Goetz is survived by his wife, Christy, and by their three sons- Landon, Caleb and Joel.

Chaplain Goetz is the first military chaplain killed in action in Iraq or Afghanistan. Dale was a selfless servant of God, a devoted husband and father, a strong American patriot, and a compassionate spiritual leader whose love for Soldiers was only surpassed by his firm commitment to living his calling as a United States Army Chaplain.

Please join with me in prayer for Christy, Landon, Caleb and Joel as we mourn with them in the loss of Dale, our fellow Soldier and Unit Ministry Team member. Let us also strive to honor Dale's sacrifice with a continuing bold commitment to ensure the finest religious support and pastoral care possible for our beloved Soldiers and their Families.

May God bless the Goetz Family and the Families of all our Fallen Soldiers; and, may God bless our Army and the United States of America.

PRO DEO ET PATRIA...FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

DOUGLAS L. CARVER Chaplain (Major General) US Army Chief of Chaplains

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; army; chaplain; supremesacrifice
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O God of spirits and of all flesh, You have trampled down death and have abolished the power of the devil, giving life to Your world.

Give rest to the soul of Your departed servant Dale in a place of light, in a place of repose, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow, and suffering. As a good and loving God, forgive every sin he has committed in thought, word or deed, for there is no one who lives and is sinless.

You alone are without sin. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your word is truth.

For You are the resurrection, the life and the repose of Your departed servant Dale Christ our God, and to You we give glory, with Your eternal Father a nd Your all holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

AMEN.

1 posted on 09/01/2010 3:33:21 PM PDT by lightman
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To: aberaussie; Aeronaut; aliquando; AlternateViewpoint; AnalogReigns; Archie Bunker on steroids; ...

Ping.


2 posted on 09/01/2010 3:35:21 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: lightman

Over half USA deaths in Afghanistan have occurred on Bambi’s watch. Media ignores.


3 posted on 09/01/2010 3:36:01 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: ConorMacNessa

Ping


4 posted on 09/01/2010 3:36:05 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: lightman

Other details: http://www.keloland.com/news/NewsDetail6371.cfm?Id=104446


5 posted on 09/01/2010 3:38:43 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: lightman

Heartbreaking.
Just Amen.


6 posted on 09/01/2010 3:42:30 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: lightman

Where are the pics?

Hank


7 posted on 09/01/2010 3:43:28 PM PDT by Hank Kerchief
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To: xzins

ping


8 posted on 09/01/2010 3:44:15 PM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: lightman; Salvation

rest in peace. May his family be comforted by the Comforter in this time.


9 posted on 09/01/2010 3:45:02 PM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: lightman

Note to jihadis - This man is an example of a true martyr.


10 posted on 09/01/2010 3:46:58 PM PDT by DManA
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To: lightman

In my experience, Chaplains served both their country and their God in equal measure. They never hesitated to move to the sound of the guns and provided much needed comfort to the dying at great risk to their own lives. There are times when young men need someone who will hold them in their arms.


11 posted on 09/01/2010 3:48:52 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316

I read about a chaplain who earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam. He did not carry a weapon, but he went out with the soldiers and saved many wounded soldiers while under fire. How many chaplains have won the MOH?


12 posted on 09/01/2010 3:53:20 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Hank Kerchief
Here...from the article linked by Western Phil:

Deployed to Afghanistan less than a month earlier on August 1, according to the article.

13 posted on 09/01/2010 3:58:19 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: lightman

He was from my state of South Dakota. Those who died in service to our country: Capt. Dale A. Goetz of White, S.D., Staff Sgt. Jesse Infante of Cypress, Texas, Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Kessler of Canton, Ohio, Staff Sgt. Matthew J. West of Conover, Wis., and Pfc. Chad D. Clements of Huntington, Ind.


14 posted on 09/01/2010 3:59:21 PM PDT by Myndbender1
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To: forgotten man

I don’t know how many Chaplains have received the MoH, but its more than one. I think that you are referring to Chaplain Charles Watters of the 173d Airborne Brigade who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Dak To.


16 posted on 09/01/2010 4:05:10 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: markomalley; lightman

May his soul and all of the souls departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

**Chaplain Goetz is survived by his wife, Christy, and by their three sons- Landon, Caleb and Joel.**

Prayers for his wife and children.


17 posted on 09/01/2010 4:08:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: lightman

R.I.P. and prayers for the deceased’s family!


18 posted on 09/01/2010 4:09:31 PM PDT by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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To: forgotten man

I was the Artillery Forward Observer in the firefight where that Chaplain received the MOH. He saved 22 men, sometimes crawling on his back with a wounded soldier on top of him to pull him out of the line of fire. 7 Dec 1967


19 posted on 09/01/2010 4:14:55 PM PDT by LiteKeeper ("It's the peoples' seat!")
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To: LiteKeeper

Chaplain Chuck Litke, RC. He later left the priesthood, an became an anti-war activist. When I switched from artillery (after 19 years) to the chaplaincy I told people that I was taking his place.


20 posted on 09/01/2010 4:16:57 PM PDT by LiteKeeper ("It's the peoples' seat!")
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To: Hank Kerchief

And your point? That the notification of death is not enough? What kind of ghoul are you?


21 posted on 09/01/2010 4:17:33 PM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: forgotten man

List is here

Chaplains that have earned the Medal Of Honor

http://www.homeofheroes.com/e-books/publisher/S_chaplains.doc.


22 posted on 09/01/2010 4:27:03 PM PDT by sleddogs
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To: centurion316

God is rejoicing over him And with him. So much prayer for comfort of children, wives, sisters. Brothers, fellow soldiers and all who loved him and the others who died this week. I pray this will end.

I’m sad to see my Air Force son leave his wife and little 1st grade daughter and pre-k son again in Oct. He just got home in mid-Feb. He isn’t in combat, but he is away, in Qatar, working 12 hr shifts at stressful job in heat over 120. He’s been gone more than half of his kid’s lives.
It’s so hard on the military and families. It’s been so long. Sometimes I just fast forward through Special Report news when it’s about Iraq or Afghanistan. I pray every day for military and the wars, but there are times I just can’t take it, especially with our CC. God is the only answer.


23 posted on 09/01/2010 4:27:36 PM PDT by maranatha
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To: Salvation

Our priest is an Army Chaplain and was just sent to Afghanistan about 3 weeks ago. Prayers for this man and family who was just killed there.


24 posted on 09/01/2010 4:29:18 PM PDT by Lil Flower (The destruction of America: It's a "big f*ckin deal"~to me!)
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To: lightman; xzins

“May Christ, our true God, who hath dominion over the living and the dead: through the prayers of His all-holy Mother; of our righteous and God-bearing Fathers; and of all His Saints, establish the soul of His servant, the Chaplain Dale, departed from us, in His holy mansions, and number him among the just; and have mercy upon us: Forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

May his memory be eternal!


25 posted on 09/01/2010 4:39:17 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: lightman; LiteKeeper; Jerry_M

Chaplain Ping


26 posted on 09/01/2010 4:43:36 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: lightman
Memory Eternal.

Prayers for his widow and children.

27 posted on 09/01/2010 4:44:30 PM PDT by constitutiongirl ("Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."---Leo Tolstoy)
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To: Kolokotronis; markomalley

Amen to the ping and the prayer.

The battalion chaplains are the lifes blood of the Army Chaplaincy.


28 posted on 09/01/2010 4:45:53 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Hank Kerchief; P-Marlowe; LiteKeeper; Jim Robinson; markomalley; Kolokotronis; Jerry_M; lightman; ..

I consider your post #15 to be tasteless toward this deceased Chaplain, his family, his unit, and the US Army. And toward all who have paid the ultimate price in all our wars.

Shame on you for your lack of sensitivity.


29 posted on 09/01/2010 4:53:03 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: sleddogs

Fr Bob Brett was my Latin teacher in high school in Cleveland.
RIP and God bless.

http://www.catholicmil.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=750:father-robert-r-brett-viet-nam-navy-chaplain&catid=56:military-heroes&Itemid=90


30 posted on 09/01/2010 4:58:57 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: lightman

May Dale’s Memory be Eternal! Vjecnaja pamjat!

And may our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ strengthen and console Dale’s family, and also the brave American solders to whom Dale ministered.

Amen.


31 posted on 09/01/2010 5:02:48 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: lightman

“Dies” and “was killed” are different.


32 posted on 09/01/2010 5:03:17 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: lightman; Salvation
Prayers Up!

Notre père, qui êtes aux cieux!
Que votre nom soit sanctificié. Que votre règne vienne.
Que votre volonté soit faite, sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donnez-nous aujourd'hui notre poindre ce jour.
Pardonnez-nous nos offenses, comme nous pardonnons aussi a ceux, qui nous ont offensés,
et ne nous soumetez pas à la tentation, mais délivrez-nous du mal.
Car c'est à toi qu'appartiènne, le régne, la puissance et la gloire, pour les siècles des siècles.
Amen.

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâces,
le Seigneur est avec vous, vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
et Jésus le fruit de vos entrailles est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs,
maintenant, et à l'heure de notre mort. Ainsi-soit-il.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

33 posted on 09/01/2010 5:07:49 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: lightman

Prayers up for Chaplain Goetz’ loved ones. May he Rest In Peace.


34 posted on 09/01/2010 5:10:05 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: Hank Kerchief; P-Marlowe; LiteKeeper; Jim Robinson; markomalley; Kolokotronis; Jerry_M; lightman; ..

I have seen it all, Hank, and your post, and this one, too, is insensitive.

And disrespectful.

Shame on you.


37 posted on 09/01/2010 5:30:12 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

Prayers lifted for Chaplain Goetz, and his family.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
God Bless you xzins, and thank you for your service as well.


38 posted on 09/01/2010 5:54:25 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Right Wing Assault
“Dies” and “was killed” are different.

Yea, verily.

The Moderators are quite strict about posting article titles exactly as written, without alteration, even when those titles have been written poorly.

Daniel Gard, author of the article (poor title and all) is a U.S. Navy Chaplain.

39 posted on 09/01/2010 6:33:48 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: lightman

You did it right. I know titles need to be the original wording. You would think the author, especially a fellow chaplain, would tell it like it is in the title.


40 posted on 09/01/2010 6:44:00 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: centurion316

Two in VN: Watters (a Protestant), and Litke (a Roman Catholic)


41 posted on 09/01/2010 6:46:32 PM PDT by LiteKeeper ("It's the peoples' seat!")
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To: LiteKeeper

Actually three: LT Vincent Capodanno, U. S. Navy, Chaplain to 3d Battalion, 5th Marines. Catholic, I think that Watters was a Catholic as well, not that it matters.


42 posted on 09/01/2010 6:55:01 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Amen to your prayers, MsB. And thank you for your kindness.


43 posted on 09/01/2010 7:16:12 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: markomalley

Amen


44 posted on 09/01/2010 7:36:27 PM PDT by ASOC (This space reserved for)
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To: xzins
Thank God for this Chaplain. I join in earnest prayer for his family and loved ones.

And I thank you, dear xzins, for your service.

47 posted on 09/01/2010 9:23:53 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: lightman

“God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine -
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

Amen.”

by Rudyard Kipling
Hymn tune “Vater Unser” - aka old 112th

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon them.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
And shed your comforting shadow over the families whose loved ones were slain. May the truth of your word be their assurance that you have the dear departed in your arms.


48 posted on 09/01/2010 11:56:38 PM PDT by LibreOuMort (Give me liberty, or give me death! (Patrick Henry))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; txradioguy; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Lady Jag; laurenmarlowe; GodBlessUSA; fatima; ...

RIP for Canteen ping.


49 posted on 09/02/2010 4:39:15 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: lightman; Arrowhead1952

Rest In Peace Brave Chaplain

Captain Dale Goetz

My deep gratitude for your service and sacrifice for our country.
May God comfort all who mourn.


50 posted on 09/02/2010 5:39:55 AM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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