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The way we were: 1963



On Nov. 19, 1963, four Lutheran military chaplains took a leap of faith. During their time at Fort Campbell, Ky., the chaplains accompanied troops on their jumps. They are, left to right: Capt. Paul Lembke (American Lutheran Church); Capt. John Magolee (Lutheran Church in America); Capt. LeRoy Ness (ALC); and Capt. Conrad N. Walker (ALC). U.S. Army photo


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RICHARD LUND

RICHARD LUND

Posted at 6:15 pm (U.S. Eastern) 11/8/2007

Amazing photo of 4 folks with profound influences.  I presume Paul Lembke is related to current ELCA military chaplain Mike Lembke.  Connie Walker achieved some notoriety as the most quickly promoted Army chaplain in history.  More importantly, in his retirement years Connie continued to mentor, teach, and encourage others in ministry.  There are still dozens of us wandering around in the military chaplaincy who wear the moniker of "Connie's Pups" when we get together.  -- Chaplain Rick Lund, US Army

Ann Walker

Ann Walker

Posted at 1:34 pm (U.S. Eastern) 1/1/2008

Smile Connie continues to pastor and serve as the National Chaplain of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the National Chaplain 173rd Airborne Association. He also continues his mentoring and Retreat Ministry Worldwide. His two sons, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and four Active Duty grandsons, and another grandson soon to enlist in the Navy Seals, have served 130 years Actve Duty in servanthood to our Lord, our Country and our Family.

William Schmid

William Schmid

Posted at 12:26 pm (U.S. Eastern) 1/2/2008

Eileen and I first became accquainted with Connie and Ann when he was the Command Chaplain at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA and we were the pastoral family at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Carlisle.  This friendship began with his visit to the civilian Lutheran Pastors during the first week of his Command at the War College.  We continue to follow each other's lives and ministries through email, phone contacts, and promises of personal visits with each communication.  The Schmids have been blessed greatly from that first visit by Chaplain Connie even to today.  Joyous Peace to all the Walkers 



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