Glenn Palmer, an ELCA Army chaplain in Iraq, was featured in a Chicago Tribune
story (April 19) about the stress of war. The article, picked up by the
Associated Press, indicated that Palmer had left his battalion and was
at the Baghdad airport trying to be relieved of his duty and return
home to Fort Riley, Kan.
Those quoted in the article speculated that Palmer had seen and heard too much. His assistant, Thomas Abney, was the last to speak to him before he left and had been at his side when the chaplain prayed over the body of a 20-year-old soldier who had been shot in the chest, the Tribune reported.
Correspondence between Palmer and the New England Synod reveals a more complex story—one that apparently has taken its toll on Palmer and soldiers of the Army’s 2nd Battalion.
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