September 2nd, 2010
11:57 PM ET

U.S. military chaplain killed in action

For the first time in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a U.S. military chaplain has been killed in action.

On August 30, U.S. Army chaplain Capt. Dale Goetz, 43, was killed in the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, when the convoy he was traveling in was struck by an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense. Four other soldiers also were killed in the attack.

Goetz was serving as the battalion chaplain for the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment.

Friends and co-workers said Goetz was a dedicated father and chaplain. He leaves behind a wife and three sons.

The Army's chief of chaplains, Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, said in a statement, "Dale was a selfless servant of God, a devoted husband and father, a strong American patriot, and a compassionate spiritual leader whose love for Soldiers was only surpassed by his firm commitment to living his calling as a United States Army Chaplain."

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  1. Greg

    Chaplains don't fight, they don't even carry guns. All they carry is a bible, they give religious services to soldiers.
    Also the one who said Jesus would never attack a country...look at the Bible, Quran, Torah: God has always been for war when it is needed to get rid of the wicked from preying on the meek. Take a look in your reigious books, or ask your religious leaders.

    September 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stephen Real

    Outstanding testimonial Major General Carter.
    Good on ya' preacher.

    September 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stephen Real

    Astanding testimonial Major general Carter.
    Good on ya' preacher.

    September 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    No man of God, just a soldier, no regret. Jesus never would have attacked another country.

    September 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. khurshid alam khan

    india'n army is a bast army of the high security service

    September 4, 2010 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
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    September 3, 2010 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |