Book Review: Men of God, Men of War: Military Chaplains as Ministers, Warriors, and Prisoners


by Robert C. Doyle

Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2024. Pp. xiv, 238. Notes, biblio., index. $35.95. ISBN: 1682474186

American Military Chaplains as Prisoners-of-War

A former naval officer, the late Prof. Doyle (Franciscan University of Steubenville, emeritus), wrote extensively on prisoners-of-war, including A Prisoner's Duty: Great Escapes in U.S. Military History. In Men of God, Men of War, he examines the role of American military chaplains from the Revolutionary War to the present, with a particular attention to those who became prisoners-of-war.

Four chapters cover the period from the Revolution through World War I. The next four deal with World War II, including the role of chaplains in the resistance movement in the Philippines and their work with enemy P/Ws. There follow chapters on chaplains in Korea, during the Vietnam Era, and one on more recent conflicts.

While not a comprehensive history of the American chaplaincy, and Doyle does not address recent controversies regarding the chaplaincy largely unknown to the public, Men of God, Men of War is a very useful read for anyone interested in history of the U.S. Armed forces.


Note: Men of God, Men of War is also available in e-editions.

StrategyPage reviews are published in cooperation with The New York Military Affairs Symposium

Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   

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