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Apr 23, 2018

Father Joseph Lafleur served the Army Air Corps as a chaplain during World War II and helped bring wounded soldiers to safety.  For his bravery and service, the Army Air Corp awarded Lafleur the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Service Cross. Learn how Chaplain Lafleur helped other soldiers even under attack at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.  


Father Joseph Lafleur served the Army Air Corps as a chaplain during World War II. 

In 1941, Lafleur dashed about Clark Field in the Philippines amidst bombs, and flying shrapnel, pulling wounded soldiers to safety.  For such bravery, the Army Air Corp awarded Chaplain Lafleur the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Service Cross.

Later, while imprisoned by the Japanese for three years, he never stopped his ministry of care.  He worked to meet the physical needs of his fellow prisoners, often bartering with the guards for food.  Once he confronted a fellow prisoner about stealing rations from other prisoners, even landing two holy punches to pacify the unruly and unrepentant soldier.

In 1944, a US submarine torpedoed Lafleur’s prisoner transport ship.  Rather than abandon ship or seek to escape Japanese gunfire and grenades lobbed his direction, the chaplain worked to calm his men and help them find an escape passage. Chaplain Lafleur died as he lived: in faithful service to his fellow man.

Motivated by faith to care for their fellow man, chaplains in our nation’s service routinely steady our servicemen and women before, during, and after battle.  Military chaplains navigate the evils of war to bring good to our military.

We honor Chaplain Lafleur—and all chaplains—for their dedication to the souls of our armed forces.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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