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Combat chaplain, author to visit May 9

Candler Field Museum recently announced that Vietnam combat chaplain Carter Tucker – author of ‘Men Who Fought ‘¦ Boys Who Prayed’ – will share stories of his experiences in Vietnam at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9. The book tells about his and others’ service in Vietnam. He voluntarily joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and soon found himself serving with the Wolfhounds, an infantry battalion in the 25th Infantry Division. His book details the year-long tour of duty in Vietnam. Tucker’s military awards include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and Air Medal. ’This was it! Vietnam! War! Some of those youngsters and many others like them would be my ‘˜congregation’ during the next 12 months,’ said chaplain Tucker about his arrival in Vietnam. ‘As I looked into the red, watery eyes of the mostly teenage soldiers, I closed my own eyes and uttered my first prayer in Southeast Asia: ‘˜Lord, make me equal to the task.’ And I made a silent vow to mothers and fathers whom I would never meet: ‘˜As nearly as possible, this chaplain will stand by your son through it all.” The program and book signing will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the book signing will begin at 11 a.m. The event will be held in the Candler Field Museum building located at Peach State Airport in Williamson. Admission is free and lunch will be available at Barnstormer’s Grill. For more, go to candlerfield.com or call 770-467-8318.

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