A chaplain who died in Afghanistan this week was the first Army clergyman killed in action since Vietnam, military officials said Thursday.
Army Capt. Dale Goetz of the 4th Infantry Division was among five U.S. soldiers killed when their armored vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Monday. Goetz was in a convoy traveling from one forward operating base to another, where he counseled soldiers. Witnesses said the vehicle was Humvee.
Goetz, 43, is survived by his wife and three sons, all under the age of 10, all from White, S.D. The family is currently residing at Fort Carson, Colo.
Geotz was the pastor at the First Baptist Church in White before joining the Army in 2000....
It's always sad to see any American soldier killed.
When I was in Viet Nam I could tell there was a noticeable difference between the chaplains that stayed stateside and those who went to Viet Nam, The stay-at-homes were probably mainliners were career officers and had little interest in Christianity. The ones who went to Viet Nam seemed to have a strong interest in Christianity, the Protestant ones anyway.