Chaplain was the spiritual leader of the ship. The Chaplain's Office maintained the library and published the ship's news paper. He was someone the crew could talk to and a morale booster.

During the grim Christmas of 1941, Chaplain Edel arranged for the local children of the Argentia area of Newfoundland to be aboard for Christmas. Such a bringing together gave the local children a memorable holiday and provided the crew with the comfort of being with children.

Right:  Some of the Argentia area children
During World War II, the Chaplain was the eyes and ears for the crew during battle. The Chaplain was on the Navigation talking to the crew through the ship wide public address system (1mc). Up high on the Navigation Bridge, he could see the battle and report first hand what was happening. This was carried out by Chaplains LeGrande Moody Jr and Leon Dickinson.

Right:  Chaplain Moody, June - Aug 1944
During World War II, TEXAS Chaplains provided religious activities for others beside the TEXAS crew. During the June 1944 invasion of Normandy, wounded Army Rangers were brought aboard. Chaplain Moody (photo right) provided spiritual aid and comfort to the wounded Rangers. He later accompanied the body of a Ranger who died aboard and the body of a Coast Guard member to Omaha Beach, for burial.  
  Main Deck  
  Second Deck   
 Library - Christmas, with Chester Moss on the deck, aboard 1931 - 1934 and worked in the library.   By WWII, the Chaplain's Quarters was also the Chaplain's Office and a reduced size library.

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