It's been seventy years since the boats invaded the beach at Normandy to fight one of the bloodiest battles the world has ever seen. However, not everyone who went ashore that day was armed.
Lt. Col. George Russell Barber of the U.S. Air Force was one of the last surviving D-Day chaplains when he died in 2004. He was the only member of his craft who landed without a weapon to protect himself, because he was there with a different mission-- to provide spiritual support to wounded and dying men.
“I talked to as many as I could and prayed with them," he told Mark Ellis of Godreports. "I said, ‘Trust in God.’” Barber remembers that as soldiers died in front of him, he recited from John:14, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions…”
He wasn't the only chaplain at Normandy that day. Here, we remember the men who kept faith alive in the hellish depths of World War II.