While stationed in Vietnam, Capt. Merle D. Brown, an American Lutheran Church chaplain, uses a C-ration box as an altar while reading from the Bible. The men—members of the 11th Infantry Brigade’s 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry—took this time on Oct. 21, 1970, to observe the National Day of Prayer proclaimed by President Richard Nixon. Brown was killed in action Easter Sunday, April 11, 1971, when his helicopter crashed during an evacuation mission.
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